Blossom watch

In an ever-changing world, nature will always be a source of comfort for many of us. This spring, explore some of the best places to spot blossom. You're also invited to join in with our celebration in the run up to #BlossomWatch day on 23 April 2022, when we'll be asking you to share your pictures of beautiful blossom on social media.

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. Discover lots of places where you can spot colourful spring blossom, including many beautiful gardens and orchards.

Places to see blossom near me

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Blossom news
Blossom circles will be planted in cities so more people can connect to nature

Helping communities blossom 

We're working with partners like the Greater London Authority and their counterparts to help communities blossom with greener spaces and circles of blossom trees. Discover more about how these blossom projects are spreading the joy of spring in cities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Why blossom matters

The Walled Garden at Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire.

Developing new orchards to support nature

Through 2021-22, over 40 new sites to enjoy blossom will be planted at many places for you to visit. This includes new orchards in development at Stourhead in Wiltshire and a newly planted avenue of cherry trees at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire. Orchards are great for wildlife — wildflowers are often grown underneath the trees to attract pollinators in spring.

Comma butterfly on prunus pissardii (purple leaved plum blossom) in the formal garden at Tyntesfield, Somerset

A vital habitat for birds, bees and badgers

Blossoming trees provide shelter and food throughout the year. For wildlife that's out and about at the start of spring, such as bees, the trees are a great source of pollen. Later in the year, the autumn fruit that grows from blossom provides a feast for song thrushes and blackbirds, which also hunt for insects among the blossom. Even badgers eat the fruit that falls to the ground.