The Freshwater Land Trust will be planting Japanese cherry trees on Friday, Nov. 30 in Clay at 10 a.m.
Two Yoshino Japanese Cherry trees will be planted at Cosby Lake, as part of a national celebration of the centennial gift of cherry trees from Japan to the United States in 1912.
The Freshwater Land Trust will be planting the trees in partnership with the Japan-America Society of Alabama and the city of Clay.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the gift to the United States, Japan’s embassy this year promoted the planting of cherry trees in 36 cities around the country. The Japan-America Society was selected and gifted part of the trees it received to the Freshwater Land Trust. Land Trust staff chose Cosby Lake as the ideal site to plant the trees.
“Japan considers the cherry blossom a powerful symbol of the cycle of life, and the blooming of the trees in Washington, D.C., has become an annual celebration,” said Wendy Jackson, executive director of the Freshwater Land Trust. “We are so pleased to play a part in bringing that wonderful tradition to the Birmingham area.”
Members of The Freshwater Land Trust, Japan-America Society of Alabama along with Clay Mayor Charles Webster, and State Sen. Slade Blackwell will be present at the ceremony.
The trees will be planted along Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail at Cosby Lake, located on Old Springville Road in Clay.