I expect that many of your readers are aware that the National Trust is currently promoting the planting of many new blossom trees. The Trust’s wish is that these natural places will give people space for hope and reflection as we move forward from the pandemic . We will also have the chance to celebrate the beauty of spring year after year. Adults and children are encouraged to take more notice of nature, to improve wellbeing and lift their spirits.
An abundance of wildlife thrives on blossom. Bees seek pollen from wild cherry and apple blossoms. Caterpillars and butterflies love the leaves of goat willow and elderflower blossoms. Song thrushes and blackbirds eat the fruit produced by the trees and hunt for insects among the blossom.
The Trust is a major landowner where trees are being planted. But there is also scope for communities around the country to create their own tree circles. I wonder if there is interest in Kibworth or any of the villages in the Chronicle distribution area to join this movement? Acres of land are not required. Roadside verges or unused corners of ground can be transformed by the addition of a few trees. More can be read at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/helping-communities-blossom
Every tree planted will help us meet our commitment to plant 20 million trees during the next decade. Part of work to tackle the climate crisis.
R. S. Holmes