These Pictures Of Spring Blossom Are The Weekend Vibe We Need

The National Trust wants to kickstart a 'blossom season" in the UK, just like in Japan.

Blossom is coming to the UK – in a big way. The National Trust has announced it’ll be planting more blossoming tree circles in towns and cities across the country “to help signal reflection and hope” following the pandemic.

The conservation charity hopes to spark an annual marking of the season akin to Japan’s hanami – the ancient tradition of viewing and celebrating cherry blossom as the first sign of spring.

The hope is to extend our newfound appreciation of nature that got so many people through the first lockdown in spring 2020, and to give tourism a bit of a boost once it’s able to resume.

Shinjuku Goen National Garden in Tokyo, Japan.
Shinjuku Goen National Garden in Tokyo, Japan.

The first new blossom circle will be at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London and will include 33 UK-grown trees, including cherry, plum, hawthorn and crab apple, to represent the 33 London boroughs.

It’ll be joined by more blossom-friendly green spaces in and around urban areas over the next five years, to connect more people to nature.

Can’t wait until then? Here’s some amazing blossom photos from around the world to get you in the mood for spring.

Plum blossoms in Chongqing, China.
Plum blossoms in Chongqing, China.
Edinburgh Castle is framed by cherry blossom in Princes Street Gardens.
Edinburgh Castle is framed by cherry blossom in Princes Street Gardens.
Cherry Blossom in Ueno Park, Tokyo, Japan. 
Cherry Blossom in Ueno Park, Tokyo, Japan. 
Cherry blossoms near the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in New York City.
Cherry blossoms near the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in New York City.
A canopy in Greenwich Park, London.
A canopy in Greenwich Park, London.
Blooms out in full at Cathays Park in central Cardiff.
Blooms out in full at Cathays Park in central Cardiff.
Boats and blossom in Ueno Park, Tokyo, Japan. 
Boats and blossom in Ueno Park, Tokyo, Japan. 
Plum trees in Wuhan, China.
Plum trees in Wuhan, China.
Cherry trees in full blossom in Saltburn By The Sea, North Yorkshire. 
Cherry trees in full blossom in Saltburn By The Sea, North Yorkshire.