News and Events in 2023

April 21

Group at the tree planting

Photo courtesy Press Office

Officials from the Japanese Embassy have planted a cherry tree  – adding to the campus’s nationally-renowned collection of flowering cherries.

Minister Yasuyuki Okazaki, and Third Secretary Yui Morimoto, planted the tree, known as Prunus ‘Fragrant Cloud’ due to its scent, in the University’s Memorial Garden during a visit to Keele, which included meetings with staff and students.

The visit was arranged after embassy officials learned about our collection during a presentation by Keele students at a prestigious Japanese speech competition.

March 9

We are pleased to report that Ariana Fazakas and Tobi Ewuosho gave an excellent presentation on the Keele Cherry Collection at the 18th Japanese Speech Contest for University Students. It is the very first time for Keele students to be selected as the finalists in the Speech Contest's history for 18 years, and they were the only non-Russell group students in the contest!

Japanese Speech Contest presentation

February 14

14 new flowering cherries were added to the National Collection and planted in the Memorial Garden.

14 newley-planted cherries