Superb sunshine for February’s final weekend heralded the finish of meteorological winter and the begin on Monday of March and spring.

We invited followers of the Stortford Character team on Fb to deliver us pics taken out and about on their walks on Saturday and Sunday that depicted the advent of the new period – and listed here are our decide of their photographs.

Sunrise on Saturday over the pond at Spellbrook. Image: David Francis (44754823)
The lake at Southern Country Park on Saturday. Picture: Sim Richardson (44765540)
The lake at Southern Region Park on Saturday. Image: Sim Richardson (44765540)
Prunus blossom in Church Lane, Much Hadham. Picture: Kate Hennessey (44765542)
Prunus blossom in Church Lane, Significantly Hadham. Image: Kate Hennessey (44765542)
Pussy willow buds opening up at Bentfield Green pond in Stansted. Picture: Katrina Hardy (44765544)
Pussy willow buds opening up at Bentfield Eco-friendly pond in Stansted. Image: Katrina Hardy (44765544)
A beautiful day at the Aubrey Buxton Nature Reserve, Stansted. Picture: Katrina Hardy (44765546)
A stunning working day at the Aubrey Buxton Character Reserve, Stansted. Image: Katrina Hardy (44765546)
Hawthorn blossom near the Harvest Moon pub in Thorley Park. Picture: Lesley Marshall (44765548)
Hawthorn blossom in close proximity to the Harvest Moon pub in Thorley Park. Image: Lesley Marshall (44765548)
A bee hunting for nectar on a hyacinth in St Michael’s churchyard in Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Lesley Marshall (44765550)
A bee hunting for nectar on a hyacinth in St Michael’s churchyard in Bishop’s Stortford. Image: Lesley Marshall (44765550)
A crocus in Lesley Marshall's garden in The Barons, Thorley Park (44765554)
A crocus in Lesley Marshall’s back garden in The Barons, Thorley Park (44765554)
Violas in Castle Gardens in the heart of Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Jandira Gasque (44765556)
Violas in Castle Gardens in the heart of Bishop’s Stortford. Image: Jandira Gasque (44765556)
A cold and misty start to the last day of meteorological winter on Sunday, looking from Spellbrook towards Bishop’s Stortford with St James the Great Church at Thorley in the distance. Picture: David Francis (44765558)
A cold and misty begin to the very last working day of meteorological winter on Sunday, wanting from Spellbrook in the direction of Bishop’s Stortford with St James the Terrific Church at Thorley in the distance. Image: David Francis (44765558)


Seasonal Paul Winspear