Vale of Evesham Blossom Trail
The Vale of Evesham is home to one of the Top Wonders of Spring the Blossom Trail; and with 32 years already gone by it is still in full swing for yet another successful and beautiful year.
For over 30 years, the months of March to May have been made synonymous with the appearance of blossom. Bringing a blend of soft pink tones of the cherry and apple blossom, that contrast beautifully with the white blossom of the pear and plums that explodes along the road sides and surrounding areas of the Vale of Evesham.
The Vale of Evesham together with its neighbouring areas are well known for its apples, pears and plums, and has some of the most productive horticultural land in the country.
Blossom is the term given to the flowers of stone fruit trees (Genus Prunus) and other plants that flower profusely for a period of time in spring. Blossoms are either pink or white depending on the species or variety. Types of Blossom: peach (including nectarine) blossoms, most cherry blossoms, and some almond blossoms are usually pink. Plum blossoms, apple blossoms, orange blossoms, some cherry blossoms, and most almond blossoms are white. Blossom provides pollen for bees to initiate cross-pollination necessary for the trees to reproduce and produce fruit.
So this spring why not explore the natural beauty that the Vale of Evesham has to offer by following the 50 mile AA signposted route?
You will be sure to journey through some of the most idyllic villages that the area has to offer and be captivated by blossom. The first natural attraction the vale of Evesham created was its Blossom Trail 33 years and counting it has drawn tens of thousands of people to explore the wonderful Worcestershire countryside.
But how did it all begin? In 1983 the 8 mile Vale of Evesham Blossom Trail was established with its main purpose being to take advantage of the natural beauty and horticultural fame of the Vale of Evesham. However, during the late 1980s and early 90s it was realised that the traditional orchards were diminishing. In order that the viability of the Trail be preserved, an extensive survey was carried out in 1993 to evaluate what opportunities were present to extend the trail to 20 miles, not only to include new orchards but also to incorporate the town of Evesham and the delightful villages in the Vale.
During the Millennium year another survey was undertaken and this time it was decided to extend the route further to include Pershore and the surrounding area. This provided visitors increased access to experience what the area has to offer. However, in 2001 sadly the Blossom Trail, and the rest of the country, was affected by the disastrous outbreak of Foot and Mouth causing the launch of the 40 mile route to be postponed. Thankfully in 2002 the new route was promoted and continued to attract thousands of visitors.
In 2008 to celebrate its Silver Jubilee, the Blossom Trail was extended once again this time to include apple orchards and the charming village of Broadway.