Get involved in the South West flower count survey

Child looking at a flower in Trerice, Cornwall

Signifying the start of spring, colourful flowers are a welcome sign of the longer, warmer days to come.

What is the National Trust spring flower count?

Every year in early spring, National Trust gardeners carry out a Valentine’s Day flower count. They count up the number of blooms in gardens we look after in the South West.
 
This gives an indicator of what gardens are going to look like throughout the year.
 
It also allows us to compare with previous years and see trends. From this we can build a picture of how spring flowers are affected by climate change.

 

We need your help

As well as gardeners counting blooms in the places we care for, we want to know what’s happening near you. 
 
Each year we put together a short survey so you can tell us what flowers are blooming in your garden or local park and what your favourite spring flower is. 
 
Ian Wright, National Trust Gardens Advisor in the South West said: ‘We’ve asked our supporters to get involved in our very own blooming garden watch and tell us what they have in flower in their garden, we’re hoping this becomes an annual spring must do.'

 

This year's survey is now complete - thank you to everyone who took part. Check back in 2021 to take part in the next survey. 

Gardeners carrying out the Flower Count at Lanhydrock

2020 Valentine's Day Flower Count results: it's a blooming numbers game 

In a world where we measure this and measure that, one pleasurable thing that we do measure annually is the flowers blooming in the gardens we care for in the South West, for the Valentine’s Day Flower Count. As the Trust celebrates its 125th anniversary, garden teams have, for the fifteenth-year running, been out and about counting the number of blooms in flower.

Couple walking through spring flowers

South West Flower Count year on year results 

Take a look at previous year's Flower Count results to see how spring in the South West has looked year on year.

The gardens are in full spring bloom at Hidcote

Spring gardens in the South West 

We care for lots of gardens across the South West which are filled with spring colour.

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