GUNNERSBURY is celebrating the gift of 80 trees by creating a cherry tree grove in the park.

They are part of a consignment of 6,500 Japanese cherry trees given to the UK by that country.

The planting will leave a legacy from the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-2020, which provided an opportunity to learn more about Japan, its culture and people through arts, sports, cuisine and performance.

Though the season ended in 2020 and events were disrupted by the pandemic, Gunnersbury was able to complete its planting in 2021.

It will be welcoming the Sakura Project Team and guests to an event in the park this Friday (18).

The occasion will also provide an opportunity to thank Gunnersbury volunteers and Capel Manor College horticultural students who planted the trees in November last year.