National Trust Ickworth
Photo: National Trust Images
From the formality of the Italianate Garden with its spring flowers and beautiful white magnolias to the wider parkland where you’ll discover cherry blossom along Geraldine’s and Erskine’s Walk. Lady Mary MacRae, the granddaughter of Ickworth’s creator, the 4th Marquess of Bristol, once remarked that walking through the blossomed trees in this Suffolk garden in spring was like “walking through lace”. You’ll also find a small selection of apple and pear trees blossoming in the historic orchard between April and early May, their exact peak of flowering will often depend on winter temperatures.
With spring upon us, the National Trust’s yearly celebration of blossom season is back. #BlossomWatch aims to bring the beauty of blossom to more people and celebrate the start of spring.
Following the ancient Japanese tradition of Hanami, which literally translates to ‘flower viewing’, the conservation charity is encouraging everyone to take a moment to enjoy the fleeting beauty of UK blossom and the sense of wellbeing it can bring.
Using #BlossomWatch, the National Trust is asking people to share their blossom images on social media, with the hope that the joyful sight of blush-tinted blooms will lift spirits and help everyone to celebrate nature together.
Clouds of delicate pastel-coloured blossom can be enjoyed throughout spring, with fruit trees starting the season in March and April, apple, plum, pear and damson trees blooming with dainty white and pink flowers. The iconic rosé pink blossoms of cherry trees join in late April and closing the season with its creamy white flower is hawthorn, often known as the May-Tree.
The conservation charity will also continue its work to bring blossom back to landscapes across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, by planting four million blossoming trees, including several new traditional orchards, and circles of blossom trees in urban spaces. These tree plantings will help contribute to the charity’s commitment to plant and establish 20 million trees by 2030 to help tackle both the climate and nature crises.
Throughout spring, the Festival of Blossom will also take place at over 100 locations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland with unique blossom-themed events and activities, including sessions with artists, picnics, games, and special blossom walks to encourage visitors to explore and enjoy blossom.
Photo: Ray Dale/National Trust Images
Noted for its spectacular floral display within the garden of Melford Hall, is a Judas tree, which is also known as a love tree.
These small trees with heart-shaped leaves have clusters of bright cerise pink blossom that open before or with the leaves and create a dazzling display of colour from late April, into May.
As spring emerges, enjoy the new growth and colour of the season, which will also include the espaliered apple trees along the red brick walls that surround the garden.
Crown Street, Bury St Edmunds
Photo: Jo Sweetman
Walking down Crown street is like stepping back in time and was the setting for some of the scenes in the film The Personal History of David Copperfield filmed in Bury St Edmunds in 2018.
The Abbey Gardens
Photo: Jo Sweetman
The Abbey Gardens is stunning in every season but Spring and Summer is when it really comes into its own.
Cherry blossom can be found to one side of the Water Gardens and in other areas of the gardens. The Abbey Gardens is great for photos and the perfect place to relax and watch the world go by!
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