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Ceremony to mark gift of Sakura Cherry Trees

On Thursday 21st April, the long-awaited ceremony took place at Fettes College to mark the arrival of our beautiful cherry trees, gifted to us by the Sakura Cherry Tree Project, which were planted in March 2021. The careful positioning of the trees not only provides a lovely welcome to visitors arriving at the entrance to Fettes but also ensures the local community can enjoy the benefits of seeing them flowering.

We were delighted to welcome Keisaku Sandy Sano, Founder and Joint Chairman of the Sakura Cherry Tree Project team, to take part in the ceremony alongside our Head, Helen Harrison. We were also pleased to be joined by Takashi Taji, a current parent, who introduced us to this special project that has given 6,500 Japanese cherry trees to the UK by Japan to celebrate the relationship between the two nations. Other guests included members of the Fettes community who are kindly supporting the upkeep of our trees for which we are most grateful.

In thanking all who are supporting this project Helen Harrison said “It was a delight to be able to celebrate our long and enduring connection with Japan in a ceremony to mark the gift of the Sakura Cherry trees and to welcome Mr Sano to Fettes to meet with some of our Japanese students.”

The Consul General for Japan in Edinburgh and his team were unfortunately unable to join the ceremony but our thanks to them was expressed during the ceremony for their support in bringing the cherry trees to Fettes.