Sakura Trees Donated By Japan Planted In St Michaels Mead
Published 1st February 2022
Cllr John Wyllie, Cllr Diane Hollebon and Cllr Graham McAndrew pictured planting Sakura trees in St Michaels Mead
Cllr Diane Hollebon, accompanied by Cllr Graham McAndrew and Cllr John Wyllie, attended a special ceremony in St Michaels Mead last week (28 January) to plant more cherry trees from the Sakura Project in Bishop’s Stortford; to celebrate relations between Japan and the UK.

The commemorative Sakura trees (Japanese for cherry tree), donated by Julie Marson MP for distribution across East Herts, are part of a UK wide project which will see 6,500 trees planted in schools, royal parks and public spaces.

Speaking at the tree planting ceremony, Cllr Diane Hollebon commented:

“I was thrilled to learn Bishop’s Stortford South had been chosen as part of this UK wide project.  Sakura trees were planted at Grange Paddocks last weekend and now we have two locations where Bishop’s Stortford residents can enjoy the full blossom when they come into bloom in each spring.”

Also in attendance was Cllr Graham McAndrew, East Herts Council Executive Member for Environmental Sustainability who said:

“I’m delighted Bishop’s Stortford has taken its place in the Sakura Project to celebrate our relations with Japan; and that residents will be able to take enjoyment from these trees for many years to come.”

Full details on the Sakura Cherry Tree can be found at