The National Trust have revealed they are trying a new way to bring spring joy into homes this year by encouraging self-isolaters to join a scheme celebrating the fleeting sight and scent of the delightful cherry blossom tree.
The national organisation are inviting people who live near or can see a cherry blossom tree in bloom from their home, to take a moment to pause, actively notice and enjoy their transient beauty, then take a picture or video of the trees and share on social media using the hashtag #BlossomWatch.
The Trust’s blossom watch has taken inspiration from the Japanese event, Hanami – which celebrates the arrival of spring and the stunning bloom of the cherry blossom trees.
The National Trust hope the idea will help people experience the natural and wonderful beauty of the blossom trees at a time when they are being asked to not travel or leave their homes due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Trust are asking people who live close to blossom trees to take pictures of them as they start to bloom and to share the joy with others who can’t experience the transformation for themselves.
The new scheme follows the launch of the Trust’s “noticing nature” report, which encouraged people to do more to protect nature.
To take part in the blossom watch, The National Trust would like people to share and tag their images via @nationaltrust on Instagram and on Twitter using #BlossomWatch and also inserting the name of the place where they live.
The National Trust also revealed they are currently in the process of building a downloadable application to help people track the blossoms on maps across the country.
For more information on the national trust blossom watch visit the National Trust online.