As blossom reappears to brighten up our year, we are reminded that in an ever-changing world, nature will always be a source of comfort for many of us. Discover more about these beautiful blooms that you've noticed during #BlossomWatch and the benefits they bring.
We'll be celebrating #BlossomWatch day on 24 April. You can join in by tagging your photos on social media with #BlossomWatch and downloading blossom-inspired activities, including a spotters' guide, origami ideas and more to come.
In this article:
- Track the spread of blossom with our map
- How to identify spring blossom
- Why blossom's a vital habitat for wildlife
Blossom is not only beautiful to look at, it also supports a variety of wildlife. Take a moment on your daily walk or run to look out for birds, butterflies or bees that might be attracted to blossom trees down your street.
We're asking you to share the beauty of blossom on social media. Upload pictures of your local blossom, tag the location of where it is and use #BlossomWatch to spread the joy of spring with others. Helping nature and spring blossom flourish is simple when you donate to our everyone needs nature appeal or help to plant a tree.
Blossoming trees in our care
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, spring blossom is celebrated with the traditional custom of Hanami, which means ‘flower viewing’ and is an opportunity to take in the beauty of flowers.
Notice the calming effects of spring blossom
Spending time to dwell on nature can improve your wellbeing. Research shows that just 20 minutes could help to improve your mood. But only six per cent of adults and seven per cent of children take the time to celebrate seasonal events such as the first day of spring.
Take a different route on your daily exercise to see if you can spot blossom in your neighbourhood and embrace the turn of the season. Why not take a quick snap of a blossoming tree and send it to your loved ones to share the moment with others? Or you could join in with #BlossomWatch on social media to spread the joy of spring blossom.
For younger ones, as part of our '50 things to do before you’re 11¾', celebrating blossom could mean you watch a bird singing loudly in a tree (no. 44) or get up for the sunrise (no. 23) to use your daily walk to see how the golden hour lights up blossoming trees down your street in different ways.
Celebrate Hanami wherever you are and connect with nature to lift your spirits, even if it's just for a moment or so.
A showcase of blossom for armchair viewing
Magnolia tree at Trelissick, Cornwall
Pink pearl rhododendron at Emmetts Garden, Kent
Blossom at Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey
A magnolia tree in the gardens at Nymans, West Sussex
Blossom at Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland
Daffodils growing under a flowering apple tree in Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
The garden in spring at Coleton Fishacre, South Devon
Podcast: A toast to blossom
In our special blossom podcast episode we chat to Andy Beer, author of Every Day Nature, and hear how the arrival of blossom is a date not to be missed on his nature calendar. This episode was recorded before coronavirus and originally published in March 2020.
How you can help support nature
In recent years, we’ve seen how climate change can impact the health of habitats such as blossom. It’s now more important than ever to play our part, big or small, in keeping these homes as healthy havens for wildlife. You can play your part by making a promise for nature and making your garden a place for wildlife to thrive.
From simply letting the grass grow, helping to plant a tree, making seed balls for the birds or building a bug hotel, we’ve got loads of ideas to get you started.