Spring officially arrived in Cornwall on Monday 27th February 2023 in its full flush.
One may have seen the spectacular sight of the iconic Coming Home Trees glowing a glorious magnolia shade last night (Monday 27th February) from the A30 into Cornwall. This signifies the progression of Spring from Cornwall into the rest of England.
The small copse of trees along the A30 near Lifton, known locally as the ‘Coming Home Trees’, are a welcome and familiar sight for many en route to Cornwall.
Cornwall's Spring Story is the proof that spring really does arrive in Cornwall first. Each year six nominated champion magnolia campbellii are monitored in six different Great Gardens in Cornwall to record the date they come into full bloom. The moment all six champion magnolia trees have flowered with at least 50 blooms on each, spring has arrived in England. Due to the Gulf Stream, the county’s mild, sub-tropical climate ensures that Cornwall sees signs of spring earlier than the rest of the country each year.
The six prized Magnolia Campbellii trees are located within Cornwall’s Great Gardens of Caerhays, Trebah, Tregothnan, Trewidden, Trewithen, and The Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Annually, each head gardener closely monitors the trees, signally the start of spring the moment all six champion Magnolia trees flower with at least 50 blooms.
Do come to Cornwall's' lovely gardens this Spring. The Cornish magnolias are in full bloom and the gardens are coming into flower. The Nare’s Traditional Four Day Breaks are available until the end of April.