The most beautiful places you can see blooming in Manchester this spring

Nothing signals the arrival of spring like the trees put on colorful displays of flowers. To help people find the best flowers in town over the next few weeks, the National Trust has launched an interactive map as part of its #BlossomWatch campaign.

The trail, named Bloomtown in a nod to the city’s booming history, features 30 places to see Manchester bloom, from magnolias on the Rochdale canal to cherry trees in Hulme Park. There are also some unexpected places on the route, such as Cutting Room Square in Ancoats and Whitworth Street West.

A pop-up flower display in Sadler’s Yard has been created especially for the trail, featuring 12 different types of apple and cherry trees. Trees will be planted in Angel Square later in the year.

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The free digital trail map will be available from Saturday April 1 to Sunday April 30, making it a great activity to do with the kids over the Easter holidays. You’ll be able to scan QR codes at any of the locations, access the map online via the National Trust website, or pick up physical copies from Castlefield Viaduct, select locations at NOMA, Central Library, local parks and more.

The trail takes you to see blooming throughout the city. (Image: National Trust/Annapurna Mellor)

Those who see a flower are encouraged to share it on social media using the hashtag #BlossomWatch. The flower can be unpredictable and weather conditions can impact when it appears, so keep your eyes peeled for buds, flowers, and drooping petals.

Rebecca Alexander, Manager of Operations and Visitor Experience at Castlefield Viaduct, said: “The fleeting beauty of spring blossoms is one of the great moments in nature’s calendar. There are many more flowers than people might expect in Manchester city centre. This project is an exciting way to encourage people to get out and enjoy the flowers on their doorstep and reconnect with the beauty of nature in their city.”

Created in collaboration with local partners including Manchester City Council and NOMA, the trail is part of a series of events as part of an urban or flower festival. Along with the trail, more than 20 free creative events and workshops inspired by nature and flowers will take place throughout the city. In the last two weeks of April, coinciding with National Trusts Flower Week, people can book to take part in free guided walks, talks and hands-on activities.

For more information and to view the trail map, visit the National Trust website.

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