In November 2019 Regent’s Park was the recipient of 36 new cherry trees as part of a gift from Japan to the UK government. The story is one of mutual respect and friendship between Japan and the UK that first took root over 150 years ago. The new cherry trees are a symbol of this special relationship.

The trees were a gift from Japan as part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-20, that saw 6,500 planted in parks and schools around the UK. To mark the start of the project, 36 cherry trees were planted in Regent’s Park on 27th November – the first of 125 in The Royal Parks.

The trees are part of a growing cross-cultural legacy between the two countries that spans from business and industry to horticulture

The trees were planted on both sides the lake between the York Gate and Clarence gate entrances to the park. The new cherry trees in The Regent’s Park have now blossomed and looked magnificent. They tend to live for around 50 years so hopefully we will see them blossom for many years to come – each tiny petal a reminder of the trees’ history and the special bond between two countries.