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VIDEO: Magnolia marks start of spring in Cornwall

By CMJacqui  |  Posted: March 03, 2014

Cordelia Ashworth admiring the magnolia blooms at Tregothnan Estate. Taken by Jim Wileman

Cordelia Ashworth admiring the magnolia blooms at Tregothnan Estate. Taken by Jim Wileman

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Spring has officially sprung now more than 350 Cornish magnolia flowers have blossomed.

The Nare Hotel has announced that spring started on Monday after trees in several Cornish gardens simultaneously flowered with magnolia blooms.

The change of season is worked out using seven champion Magnolia campbellii trees in the seven great gardens of Cornwall - Caerhays Castle Gardens, Trebah Garden, Tregothnan, Trewidden, Trewithen, Trengwainton and The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Spring officially starts in the UK on the day when each of the seven champion trees has at least fifty blooms.

Thanks to it’s relatively warm climate, Cornwall is the only place to see flowering magnolia trees in the country at this time of year.

Toby Ashworth, proprietor of The Nare Hotel and bespoke garden tour specialist, said: “Cornwall has a distinct climatic advantage. Despite the treacherous stormy conditions hitting Cornwall and the rest of the country repeatedly this winter, Cornwall’s mild, sub-tropical climate ensures that the county sees the first signs of spring.

“I always try and encourage guests to come and stay at The Nare in time to see Cornwall’s spring gardens at their best – when the magnolias are in full bloom, typically in early to mid-March."

Read more: http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/VIDEO-Magnolia-marks-start-spring-Cornwall/story-20746454-detail/story.html#ixzz2v0BAS7JI

It is hoped that this annual event, which is known as the Spring Story, will boost Cornish tourism.

Malcolm Bell, head of tourism at Visit Cornwall, said: “In a similar way that the Japanese celebrate the arrival of the cherry blossom each year, those in the know come to Cornwall to admire the flowering of the great Magnolia campbellii – the genuine national icon symbolising the arrival of spring.”

Last year spring was declared two weeks earlier on February 19.

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