News trees for Queen’s Walk, Jubilee Park and Goldington Green during National Tree Week

High Sheriff, Eric Masih, Lord-Lieutenant, Helen Nellis and Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson planting some of the Japanese trees

Trees were planted in Queen’s Park, Jubilee Park and on Goldington Green last week as part of National Tree Week celebrations in Bedford Borough.

They are just some of the 10,000+ trees to be planted in Bedford Borough this tree planting season.

Jubilee Park is now home to 12 UK-grown Japanese cherry trees- or Sakura in Japanese- that were planted during National Tree Week.

6,500 Japanese cherry trees are being given to the UK from the Japan-British Society and are being planted across the country in parks, gardens and schools to celebrate Japan’s relationship with the UK.

The Mayor, the Lord-Lieutenant, and the High Sheriff welcomed a delegate from the Sakura project for the ceremony.

Community groups in Queens Park joined the council and High Sheriff to plant 45 trees near Queen’s Walk, the picturesque riverside footpath that connects the town centre, Queen’s Park and Great Denham as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy.

The final tree in an avenue of lime trees on Goldington Green was also planted during National Tree Week.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “Across this year’s planting season, over 10,000 trees will be planted across Bedford Borough in partnership with volunteer groups, residents, charities, the Forestry Commission and the Forest of Marston Vale.

“It was great to be able to take part in the Sakura planting in Jubilee Park, bringing these beautiful trees to our Borough.”

Bedford Borough has successfully bid for national funding to take part in projects to celebrate the Queen’s Green Canopy that will see at least one tree planted in every ward.

“Trees play an important role in tackling climate change, and are great for our health and wellbeing as well as making our streets look beautiful,” said the Mayor.

National Tree Week ran from 27 November to 5 December, and is the UK’s largest annual tree celebration, organised by the Tree Council.

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