Due to the public health risk posed by COVID19, Cumberland City Council’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival will not proceed this year. The event, which last year attracted nearly 90,000 attendees, is usually held in the Japanese Garden of the Auburn Botanic Gardens.
“This decision was not made lightly, however the health and safety of visitors to our events and parks are of the utmost priority,” a Council spokesperson said.
“We understand this decision will be very disappointing for residents and tourists who have attended our Cherry Blossom Festival in recent years, but the health and safety of visitors to our events is our main concern”.
The Japanese Gardens will be closed from 1 August to 10 September, with potential for extended closure subject to health advice. The remainder of the Auburn Botanic Gardens is expected to stay open, however, Council and parks staff will monitor this in accordance with the latest health advice on public gatherings.
We ask any visitors to the Auburn Botanic Gardens to observe physical distancing restrictions and hygiene precautions.