image source, Keith Dunn caption of the image The trees symbolize the friendship between Wales and Japan
A donation of cherry trees from Japan could be used to help restore Cardiff's Bute Park following a "calculated " "vandalism attack last week.
The vandals left more than a kilometer of destruction to the trees,to power cables and wifi, to garbage cans and planters late Thursday night.
Park rangers said it would take decades to repair the damage.
Japan is donating 100 cherry trees for a friendship project and a diplomat suggested using 50 in the park.
A similar number was destroyed by the unknown assailants.
Bute Park has a large number of Champion trees - defined as the tallest or largest example of their type - in its arboretum, including cherry trees.
image source, Secret Garden Cafe image caption The damage spread for about a kilometer throughout the park after Thursday's attack
Keith Dunn, Honorary Vice Consul of Japan in Wales, has confirmed that the Sakura cherry trees are offered by the Japanese people in Wales as a symbol of friendship between the two nations.
They are donated by a project related to the Japan-UK Season of Culture, which is celebrated in both countries. It started in 2019 but was extended after numerous cancellations due to the coronaviru pandemics.
Mr. Dunn said: "These trees are a strong symbol of our friendship which can be sustained and appreciated by future generations and I hope these new plantations will be adopted by our communities for the future.
"Our mission is to create a legacy for future generations and to bring a sign of the relationship between Japan and our communities here in Wales.
"As we enjoy the cherry blossoms each spring, they will remind us of a new season of potential collaborations and growing friendships.
image source, Melissa Boothman image caption Damage to saplings as this re featured seven or eight years of lost work, a forester says
Reclaim the park
Following the attack, people are invited for a walk "Reclaim Bute Park " and a picnic in the park on Saturday.
It is hosted by Secret Garden cafe owner Melissa Boothman, who spoke about the extent of the damage .
Elle called this a "positive counter-action " and a "friendly demonstration of solidarity and resistance ".
"The march will follow the route of damage, starting at the Secret Garden cafe at 12pm "she said in a Facebook post.
" We will loop around and end up in the same place, to sit back and enjoy an afternoon of fun. community spirit. Bring banners, bring smiles, bring joy. "