Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is supporting the National Trust’s efforts to emulate Japan’s Hanami – the ancient tradition of viewing and celebrating blossom – with its #BlossomWatch campaign.
With this spring likely to be the most anticipated ever as the UK slowly emerges from lockdown, the National Trust and Andrew Gwynne are inviting people to share the joy and hope that the sight of blush-tinted blooms will bring to help lift spirits and enable everyone to celebrate nature together.
The conservation charity launched #BlossomWatch last year when the country had just entered lockdown. Thousands of people captured and shared images of trees in bloom across social media platforms, which received four million views in the first two weeks.
A growing body of evidence suggests that time spent daily connecting with nature is vital to human wellbeing, so Gwynne is urging people to ‘turn social media pink, white and green’ over the coming weeks, to mark one of ‘nature’s greatest spectacles’.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Over the last year, many of us have spent more time than ever in our gardens and local green spaces.
“The blossom season is a beautiful time of year, and one that makes being outside and spending time in nature even more enjoyable.
“I’d love to see the best blossoms from Audenshaw, Denton, Dukinfield, Reddish and the Heatons all over social media!”
The National Trust’s Head of Nature Conservation and Restoration Ecology, Ben McCarthy said:
“Blossom in all its guises can bring a particular sense of joy as we emerge from winter. Clocking these bursts of colour as they unfurl across our neighbourhoods as a signal of the start of spring is truly joyful.
“With the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on millions across the country – many have found noticing nature a vital way of enhancing their wellbeing and have discovered the many benefits of spending time in nature and noticing its natural rhythms as the year unfolds.
“So we urge everyone to get outdoors, safely enjoy the blossom where they live, and share their experiences with others.”
To get involved simply take and share imagery using #BlossomWatch. For further information and inspiration visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blossom-watch