Nashville Cherry trees to be moved starting Wednesday to make way for NFL Draft stage

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Ten Cherry Blossom trees are expected to be moved from Riverfront Park to a new location starting Wednesday. 

Crews spent Tuesday watering the trees and preparing for the trees to be transplanted from the end of Broadway to their new location along 1st Ave North.

The actual move will come sometime Wednesday morning.

The controversy began Friday when the Nashville Tree Foundation learned that 21 cherry blossom trees would be cut down to make room for the NFL Draft stage. 

The discovery sparked outrage and an online petition that gathered thousands of signatures. 

On Saturday, Mayor Briley announced the NFL and Nashville Convention and Visitor’s Corp would pay to dig up the trees and replant them elsewhere. 

Then On Sunday, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp apologized for the perceived lack of transparency. They also said that they had to disturb fewer trees than originally thought, bringing the total number of trees that will be moved to 10.

The City says the trees have a 60% chance of surviving the move, but it could take until the following spring before they know.

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