Following the Kennet from the centre of Marlborough to Minal and back could be considered Marlborough’s very own blossom trail. I was astonished at the variety and profusion of blossom sparkling in the spring sunshine.
Two weeks ago the National Trust launched a UK Spring Blossom Watch. The idea is based on the Japanese custom of Hanami which means ‘flower viewing’ and which celebrates the beauty, sight and scent of spring blossom. The custom revolves around the cherry tree blossom which heralds the arrival of spring.
The National Trust invites us to take time to notice blossom in our environment and to share images of blossom on social media. So far the images have received over 4 million views.
In these difficult times the National Trust says: “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.
Celebrate Hanami wherever you are and connect with nature to lift your spirits, even if it’s just for a moment or so.”
The Blossom Watch has been so successful that next year the National Trust is intending to develop the project further and to produce a map to track the blossom across the UK. This would have a scientific as well as a purpose to uplift the spirits.
For more information go to https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/blossom-watch