Blossom watch

In an ever-changing world, nature will always be a source of comfort for many of us. This spring, plan your visit to explore some of the best places to spot blossom.

Share your pictures of blossom on social media using the hashtag #Blossomwatch to spread the joy of spring.

We care for hundreds of trees that blossom in the spring, many of which are historical varieties. This includes the tree said to inspire Newton's theory of gravity and the orchard that Thomas Hardy loved to play in as a child.

In Japan, blossom is celebrated with the traditional custom of Hanami, which means ‘flower viewing’ and is an opportunity to take in the beauty of flowers.

Discover lots of places where you can spot spring blossom, including many gardens and orchards. Don't forget to share your photos of blossom on social media using the hashtag #Blossomwatch.

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Why blossom matters

The Walled Garden at Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire.

Developing new orchards to support nature

Through 2021-22, over 40 new sites to enjoy blossom will be planted at many places for you to visit. This includes new orchards in development at Stourhead in Wiltshire and a newly planted avenue of cherry trees at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire. Orchards are great for wildlife — wildflowers are often grown underneath the trees to attract pollinators in spring.

Apple blossom and a honey bee in the fruit orchard at Cotehele, Cornwall

A vital habitat for birds, bees and badgers

The fruit that grows from blossom provides a feast for song thrushes and blackbirds, which also hunt for insects among the blossom. Even badgers eat the fruit that falls to the ground. Blossom trees are also a vital source of pollen for bees and other wildlife during spring. For World Bee Day on 20 May, why not help preserve these habitats by donating to our Woodlands appeal below?