It’s really hard to get the timing right with cherry blossom. When the lovely grove of pink cherries at the south of Regent’s Park flowered early this year, in mid-March, I thought I‘d blown it. But no! I visited the park yesterday and it was perfect timing – I even caught the avenue along Chester Road in full flower which I’ve never managed to do before. So I decided to share it all with you in my Regent’s Park cherry blossom virtual tour. The tour starts at the south-eastern corner of the English Garden (bottom right on the park map, near Regent’s Park tube station) with this heavily laden pink tree. (note to Regent’s Park – it would be great if you could label the trees with their varieties like Kew do).
Follow the path diagonally through the Park, passing a variety of trees in full bloom.
At the top, head slightly right for these groves of trees, popular with picnickers seeking the true hanami experience of eating and drinking under the cherry blossom.
Go over the hill and through a small gate onto Chester Road for the full effect of the cherry blossom avenue.
2015 Alert – the cherry trees on Chester Avenue are being replaced, so there will be no blossom on the avenue in 2015. New trees will be planted for 2016. You can help by sponsoring a cherry tree (or part of one, at least – a whole tree costs £1776). More details.
Walk up Chester Road to the Chester Road Gate to Queen Mary’s Garden.
Go through the gate and look back at the avenue.
Then take a stroll across the rose garden (not much to see now but wait for June!) and look to the right for this tree on the far side of the bridge.
Then wander around the southern edge of the garden for more cherry trees.
And, as a grand finale, end up at the Jubilee Gate for a swathe of white blossom.
These photos were taken on 5th April 2014 (except for the Jubilee Gate one which was taken on 9th April), so if you want to catch the Regent’s Park cherry blossom get down there now!