New Chiswick Blossom Day Planned For April

Staveley Road in Chiswick is blessed with a beautiful avenue of 91 cherry trees. These were planted in 1932 soon after the houses were built and the glorious pink spring blossom has given joy to successive generations.

A newly formed Steering Group is planning a Japanese-themed Blossom Day Festival in April to celebrate our spectacular trees. The closure of Staveley Road has been approved for either 19th or 26th April for a Street Party to run from midday to 3pm. The exact date will be confirmed in February when we will have a better idea of the likely blossom date. The area covered will run from east Fitzroy Crescent to Burlington Lane.

Blossom Day W4, coordinated by a Steering Group, was set up in October 2019 by local residents to celebrate our trees and ensure they survive and thrive in perpetuity. Members of the Steering Group include Councillor Sam Hearn, who lives round the corner from Staveley Road, and Grove Park resident Dr. Karen Liebreich MBE from Abundance London.

The group will announce their plans over the coming weeks but they promise family fun including creative and artistic activities for all ages, live music and other entertainment plus lots of wonderful food and drink with a Japanese twist.

The karate group from St Michael’s will give a display and there will be an opportunity for everyone to have a go. Dr Bike will be joining us and is giving free trial rides on their electric bikes. There will be a Chiswick Horticultural Society stall selling plants and offering activities too.

Sally Malin, the chair of the Steering Group, says “Staveley Road residents have loved and cherished the cherry trees for many years. Now Blossom Day will be a fantastic opportunity to share our beautiful trees at their springtime best. We are also delighted at the enthusiastic support of local community groups who will be at the festival showcasing some of the many wonderful activities they provide here in Grove Park.”

You can visit the Abundance London website here and Chiswick Horticultural And Allotments Society website can be viewed here.

Author: Chris