When does Spring start and what does it mean? – The Yorkshire Post says

THERE are many differing opinions on the precise start of spring.

Little India Taylor in Sheffield's Hillsborough Park at the weekend. Photo: Scott Merrylees.

Many point to today – March 1 – which heralds the dawning of the meteorological spring as the green shoots of recovery become self-evident in gardens, parks and landscapes looking more vibrant by the day with their splashes of colour.

Others venture March 20 – the advent of the astronomical spring – while some say the key moment is at 1am on March 28 when the clocks ‘spring forward’ by an hour to mark the start of British Summer Time.

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For racing aficionados, the first of the Flat turf season at Doncaster on the preceding day will be their moment in the sun. Meanwhile the weather is a barometer for farmers and gardeners.

These crocuses were pictured in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey on February 1. Was this the start of Spring? Photo: Simon Hulme.

Either way, everyone wants this March, more than ever, to be a turning point both in terms of the weather, after such a harsh winter, and the country’s psyche as Britain emerges from lockdown hibernation.

As such, let’s hope Yorkshire can march forward with a renewed spring in its step...

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