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Friends of Preston Park

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raised of £8,000 target by 103 supporters

Weʼre raising £8,000 to plant 80 new trees in Preston Park, Brighton to create a fabulous new cherry blossom walk

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Friends of Preston Park is very pleased to announce that with your support, we will be helping to create a beautiful Flowering Cherry Blossom Walk in Preston Park. This idea comes from our very own award-winning Garden Manager Andy Jeavons, and you will be as keen as us to realise his vision when you look at these pictures that show how beautiful it will be as the trees mature. Our three local councillors and the management of City Parks are fully supportive of this project, which we hope to start this coming autumn.

Initially, we will be planting 80 trees along both sides of the footpath between the tennis courts and the Rose Garden, so that they will grow to produce a spectacular arch of blossom in the springtime. The variety that Andy has chosen is not fruit-bearing but do have beautiful leaves that change colour with the seasons so will be stunning year-round. If we can raise more money next year, we will plant another path at right angles to this walk, from the front of the Park to the former Men’s Bowling Pavilion, forming a huge cross of blossom trees. We would very much like to dedicate these Blossom Walks to commemorate the NHS and all other support staff who have provided such magnificent service to us all during the pandemic. We think the blossoms will be a very suitable and lasting symbol of hope for the future and the community.

How can YOU help us achieve this dream? The cost of the 80 trees will be approximately £100 per tree, so we need to raise £8000 quickly to reach our goal of being able to plant the trees this autumn. We know that is a large amount, but City Parks has pledged to help us, and the Committee of Friends of Preston Park is also seeking some alternative sources of funding. The Committee has also given £2000 to the fund to start the ball rolling! Please use this JustGiving page to help us reach our target. Any amount, however big or small, will be welcome in this great community project!

Some of you may want to make a contribution in memory of someone close to you. Although we cannot accommodate personal memorial plaques on individual trees, as they would make the Blossom Walk look sombre rather than joyful, we will make provision for one large plaque near the walk, with the names of people and sponsors donating more than £100.

Please help us to achieve this wonderful project in Preston Park. You will have seen that we have lost several trees to Dutch Elm disease and Ash Dieback this year and, while these trees will be replaced, we think that adding to the diversity of trees in Preston Park will make it more sustainable for the future. When the trees grow to a suitable size to walk under the blossom along the Walk, we plan to have an annual Japanese Blossom Festival to welcome Spring! So please dig deep and help us achieve a joyful and beautiful community project now!

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  • Friends of Preston Park2 days ago
    Friends of Preston Park

    Friends of Preston Park

    2 days ago

    Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed so far to our appeal for £8000 to establish a cherry blossom walk in Preston Park. We are nearing our target with £6795 donated so far in just two weeks. We are delighted. If donations continue to come in we will continue to accept them even if we exceed our target, as the £8000 covers just the trees, whereas there will be other expenses involved. We will let you know when we reach the target. Hopefully, that will not be long now!

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Page last updated on: 9/16/2021 21.47



  • John


    Sep 16, 2021

    For Val and parkrun


  • Anonymous


    Sep 16, 2021

  • Mark and Candy Dewdney

    Mark and Candy Dewdney

    Sep 16, 2021

    What a great idea, looking forward to seeing it in bloom.


  • Jo M

    Jo M

    Sep 16, 2021

    A great idea - from another Parkrunner x


  • Ayesha Mayhew

    Ayesha Mayhew

    Sep 16, 2021

    Our local park is such an important and life enhancing resource and this is a delightful addition.


  • Guy Morris

    Guy Morris

    Sep 16, 2021

    Great idea. As a long time park user and park- runner I really appreciate this initiative.


  • Will F

    Will F

    Sep 16, 2021


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The Friends of Preston Park supports all park users to gain the maximum enjoyment from this fabulous resource.

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