THE National Trust is encouraging a return to traditional Mother’s Day customs this year.
Now often celebrated with shop-bought gifts of chocolates and flowers, traditionally, children gave their mothers fresh posies, gathered from the hedgerows as they walked the long journey home from their working environments.
The National Trust is asking everyone to recapture a little of this floral tradition and give mothers a day out at a beautiful Trust garden in West Sussex and spend some precious family time together.
At Petworth House and Park glorious springtime strolls will be on offer for the whole family.
The magnificent 17th-century country estate is an idyllic location in spring, and the perfect place for a stroll.
Take a gentle walk through the Pleasure Grounds, which in spring is covered in swathes of yellow and cream daffodils.
Round off the visit with a traditional afternoon tea, or a ‘gardener’s tea’ of fresh savoury scones.
Meanwhile, Uppark House and Garden will be serving up a floral treat in the house on March 30 from 12.30pm–4pm.
Mothers visiting the Georgian gem will be in for a floral treat, each receiving a small gift of flowers and visitors can also tuck into some sweet and savoury treats in the East Pavilion restaurant.
For details visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk