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Spring is of­fi­cially upon us and The Tank im­mor­talised

BLUSHING-PINK flow­ers have bloomed on the six mag­no­lia trees in Corn­wall that have be­come Bri­tain’s un­of­fi­cial har­bin­ger of the longed-for change in sea­son.

The cham­pion Mag­no­lia camp­bel­lii trees were planted be­tween 1860 and 1976 at Caer­hays Cas­tle Gar­dens, Tre­bah Gar­den, Tre­goth­nan, Trewid­den, Tre­withen and the Lost Gar­dens of Heli­gan and the rule is that each of the six trees has to dis­play a min­i­mum of 50 blooms be­fore spring is of­fi­cial.

Blooms on the south-west penin­su­lar are usu­ally the first on the UK main­land to ap­pear thanks to the warmer cli­mate.

They’ve been closely mon­i­tored for weeks and, now, the count is com­plete—win­ter is fi­nally over.

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