The National Trust has encouraged the British public to celebrate the Spring blossom from their windows and on their daily walk during the coronavirus pandemic.
For those who are self-isolated and cannot see the flowers from their homes, the organisation has asked people share their images on social media to kick off a new British tradition of #BlossomWatch.
The conservation charity wants institutions and schools to encourage people to engage with annual moments in nature’s calendar, something the majority of Brits don’t currently do.
Only six per cent of adults and seven per cent of children celebrate natural events such as the first day of spring, solstice or harvest, according to the Trust’s recent research.
Andy Beer, nature expert at the National Trust says: “It’s really easy to take this moment in nature for granted. Celebrating blossom is a pivotal, seasonal moment that can often be all too fleeting and we want to do all we can to help people and families at home to enjoy and take stock of a special moment in the calendar.
“At a time when people are being asked not to travel, blossom trees can be seen on city streets, in gardens and in public parks. There are many spectacular orchards across the nation – including those owned by the National Trust – but the awesome spectacle of blossom is on display in the neighbourhoods of many lucky people. “
Our cherry blossoms may benefit from the warming weather caused by climate change, a gardener at the Trust suggested.
David Bouch, head gardener at Cotehele said: “We will be monitoring this closely. Many of our local varieties and collections which have grown, developed and bred for our specific climates could end up being affected. We may well need to think about relocating these collections and carefully consider planting more resilient varieties for a changing climate, or even consider whether we need to radically change what we plant.
“We did see a very good cherry crop last year along with a remarkable apple harvest, however these can be biennial with cropping so let’s see what this year brings.”