Thursday, April 16, 2020

Spring pruning for Prince Rupert's iconic downtown Cherry trees

Some spring trimming has taken place along Fourth street as
work on the Cherry Blossom Trees took place

There was a bit of housekeeping taking place last week for the city's iconic and at times controversial stand of Cherry Blossom trees along Fourth Street by the Post Office.

The stand of trees which were saved from a near death experience two years ago, that after some contentious landscaping plans from the Federal procurement office resulted in some strong community anger and much in the way of finger pointing at the time.

The trees were a gift to the city by Shotaro "Tom" Shimizu who donated 1500 of the ornamental trees to the city in 1959 and 1960.

You can review some of the background to the Cherry Trees and the fascinating story behind the donation to the community below:

November 2018 -- Dedication ceremony offers apology and hails historic past of Prince Rupert's Cherry Blossom Trees and Shimizu Family
November 2018 -- Sprucing things up for a commemoration
May 2018 -- Operation Cherry Blossom rejuvenation sprouts some success
April 2018 -- Plan seemingly underway to try to save what is left of Downtown Cherry Trees
May 2018 -- Prince Rupert's Cherry Blossom Tree Manifesto
May 2018 -- DFO's Chopped Cherry Blossom Trees catch attention Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert residents will get an idea as to how successful the recovery project on the trees has been next month, when the branches will sprout their blooms for that short period of colourful display.

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