Research shows doing this has a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing

While we haven’t been going out as much during lockdown, a lot of us have embarked on long walks just to fill the time. We’ve learned to appreciate the outdoors more than ever since the pandemic started, including a newfound love for our own gardens. You’re not alone though if you think spending time outside improves your mental health, in fact, that’s exactly why The National Trust has launched its second BlossomWatch campaign.

The first campaign, which was launched during the first lockdown, involved thousands of people in the UK sharing photos of blossoming trees on social media.

A YouGov poll commissioned by the National Trust found that over two-thirds of adults believed taking the time to notice nature made them feel happier. But don’t worry, they’re not expecting you to hug a tree or spend hours walking around to feel the effects of it.

To feel those positive vibes and take part this year, all you have to do is have your phone or camera poised to take photos. As soon as you see blossom, try taking a photo and posting it to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #BlossomWatch in the caption.

Professor Miles Richardson of the University of Derby conducted research into wellbeing for the BlossomWatch campaign. He found engaging with nature had more of a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing than just being around it for a long time. That could include anything from smelling flowers to touching leaves.

Plenty of people have already started to get involved with BlossomWatch. There are currently over 18,000 posts with the hashtag on Instagram. Last year, the images were viewed more than four million times and The National Trust has even launched a special map this year to track sightings of blossom across the country.

Make the most of the pretty spring flowers and get snapping!