Helping communities blossom
We're working with partners to give communities more access to nature through the creation of green spaces and circles of blossom trees.
We hope these natural places will give people space for hope and reflection as we move forward from the pandemic and the chance to celebrate the beauty of spring year after year.
During the next five years, we'll be helping to plant circles of blossom trees in cities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
We know that nature has been hugely comforting to many of you during the pandemic. Last year, the sight of spring blossom, beautiful but fleeting, brought pleasure and reassurance, reminding us that the rhythm of the natural world continued even though all other aspects of our lives had changed.
But we also know that too few people can connect to nature near where they live. The project will create beautiful spaces for communities to come together and experience the natural world. What's more, every tree planted will help us meet our commitment to plant 20 million trees during the next decade, which is part of our work to tackle the climate crisis.
The first blossom circles will be created in east London, an area that has seen some of the worst impacts of the pandemic. Blossom-inspired spaces will also be created in Newcastle, Nottingham and Plymouth. Watch this space for further updates on planting projects taking place in other cities.
" Our vision is for nature, beauty and history for everyone. Our simple ambition with this project is to bring all of these elements together in the creation of green, nature-rich havens in the very heart of urban areas that are also beautiful and inspiring spaces people can use. "