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Brogdale Collections charity unveils the resplendent return of Hanami

Swale Tourism
6th February 2024

Faversham, Kent — Brogdale Collections Charity is delighted to announce the welcome return of the Hanami event, an extraordinary celebration of cherry blossom and Japanese culture. After a brief hiatus, this captivating event will once again grace the National Fruit Collection's orchards at Brogdale Farm on April 13, 2024 from 10 am to 4 pm.

Hanami, a centuries-old Japanese tradition, translates to 'flower viewing' and is synonymous with the awe-inspiring spectacle of cherry blossoms in full bloom. In Japan, families and friends gather beneath the ornamental cherry trees from late March to early May to revel in the transient beauty of the blossoms and celebrate the arrival of spring.

Brogdale Farm, home to the National Fruit Collection, boasts 150 acres of meticulously tended orchards, showcasing over 3,000 varieties of fruit trees. Exhibiting a stunning annual blossom display.

Sponsored by The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation the event at Brogdale Farm is a unique opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in Japanese culture amidst the breathtaking backdrop of blossoming orchards in springtime.

Our National Fruit Collection guides will be leading tours of the orchards in blossom while author, Naoko Abe: ‘Cherry’ Ingram, The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms  will be hosting a talk about her book and a tour of the cherry blossom. Visitors will be able to bring their picnics and celebrate the start of spring as the Hanami tradition suggests.

The scheduled for April 13, 2024, promises a day filled with:

Cultural Immersion: Experience the richness of Japanese culture through Taiko drum performances, displays of Tameshiri and Iaijutsu sword techniques. Enjoy an exhibition showcasing various aspects of Japanese traditions and try on kimonos or discover the art of bonsai for a truly immersive experience. .

Japanese Tea Ceremony: Witness the traditional Japanese tea ceremony and experience the Way of Tea, Chado. With matcha tea and sweet tastings.

Interactive Workshops: Engage in hands-on activities such as calligraphy under the guidance of Japanese artist and calligrapher Koshu, or explore the art of Origami, the traditional Japanese paper-folding craft.#

Sushi Making Demonstrations: Learn the art of making sushi from expert chefs, who will guide you through the process of crafting nigiri, rolls, and sashimi. Take home the skills to create your own sushi masterpieces.#

The festival promises a day of joy, beauty, and cultural exchange, providing a unique opportunity for visitors to embrace the essence of Hanami without traveling to Japan.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit brogdalecollections.org.

All proceeds from the festival support Brogdale Collections Charity in its mission to ensure the long-term public access and education at the National Fruit Collection.

Brogdale Collections is the Kent charity that provides public access to the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale Farm, near Faversham.   The National Fruit Collection is one of the largest collections of temperate fruits in the world.

The National Fruit Collection has been based at Brogdale Farm, Faversham, Kent since 1952.

The objectives of the Collections are to act as:

A ‘gene bank’ conserving the biodiversity of fruit

A source of plant material for propagation, research, and breeding

A living reference library of ‘heritage’ fruit varieties

The Collections are funded by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as part of the UK’s commitment to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

The University of Reading responsible for their scientific curation and development.

Brogdale Collections are responsible for public access and education about the collections.

Events 2024

February 14th Wild Weather Day

March 29th, 30th,31st Easter Egg Hunt

April 1st Guided Tours start – Blossom Tours

April 10th Beastie Bugs Day

April 12th Teddy Bear’s Blossom Picnic

April 13th Hanami Blossom Day

April 20th Kent Big Weekend

May 28th & 29th Bee Safari

June 9th Open Farm Sunday – tractor rides

July 13th, 14th Cherry Trails PYO Weekends

July 20th, 21st Cherry Trails PYO Weekends

August 7th & 8th Wild Classroom Outdoor Cooking

August 9th Beastie Bugs Day

August 13th, 14th Kids Juicing Days

August 20th, 21st Kids Juicing Days

August 28th & 29th Wild Classroom Outdoor Cooking

August 10th & 11th Plum Weekend

August 24th & 25th Brogdale Cider Festival

September 21st, 22nd Heritage Orchard Days & PYO

October 5th, 6th Heritage Orchard Days & PYO

October 19th, 20th Heritage Orchard Days & PYO

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