Virginia Crosbie MP offers cherry trees to Ynys Môn schools and care homes

Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie has written to island schools and care homes asking if they will plant a cherry tree as part of a national project celebrating the friendship between Japan and the UK.

The 6000 trees are a gift from the people of Japan and are available to plant across the country at no cost.

They only need to be publicly accessible and be enjoyed by all as their planting and progress will be recorded.

“I would be thrilled if schools or care homes would step forward and take part in this scheme to add to our landscape and cement our friendship with a country that is a major trading partner and investor in the UK,” said Virginia.

“As many people know, cherry blossom is of immense cultural significance in Japan and the ‘Sakura’ season when the trees blossom in spring is a big event in the country.

“That Anglesey could have some of that cultural exchange is exciting and there are great learning experiences for students as well as the sheer beauty of the trees if we take up the challenge.”

The trees – grown in the UK –  will need space around seven metres from another tree in a sheltered spot and advice will be given on where to plant.

They will be delivered to those who want one from November until March next year and will arrive with a stake, plastic tie and sachet of fertilizer.

Anyone who wants a tree can register online at http://virginiacrosbie.co.uk/sakura-cherry-trees/ 

It will first come first served as there are a limited number of trees available for Anglesey.

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