Spring 2017 comes early to the Greenwich Park cherry blossom avenue!

Last year I photographed the spectacular Greenwich Park cherry blossom avenue in full flower in the first week of May. This year spring has come so early that it’s in flower in the first week of April, a full four weeks ahead of expectations – as you can see from these photos, taken on April 10th.

Greenwich Park cherry blossom avenue 2017

After last week’s fabulous sunny weekend in which temperatures were more like midsummer than the first week of April, cherry blossom all over town has been bursting into life, and nowhere more so than normally late flowering Greenwich.

Greenwich Park cherry blossom avenue 2017

The cherry blossom avenue is in a location away from the normal tourist trail; high on the hill above the Observatory, in a part of the park normally only visited by locals.

Greenwich Park cherry blossom avenue 2017

You’ll find it at the back of Ranger’s House (which incidentally also has a fabulous rose garden, worth visiting come June).

Greenwich Park cherry blossom avenue 2017

It’s so far from transport links to Greenwich that I usually take the train to Blackheath and walk from there – it’s a great walk across the heath, entering Greenwich Park through the Blackheath Gate.

Greenwich Park cherry blossom avenue 2017

If you visit you’ll find great pink pompoms of blossom on the trees which provide a beautiful vista leading up to Ranger’s House.

Greenwich Park cherry blossom avenue 2017

Greenwich Park cherry blossom avenue 2017

Go as soon as you can – you won’t want to miss blossom as lovely as this!

Greenwich Park cherry blossom avenue 2017

For other London cherry blossom viewing spots, see my London Parks cherry blossom top five guide.

7 thoughts on “Spring 2017 comes early to the Greenwich Park cherry blossom avenue!

  1. Hi. I came across your photos while searching photo locations for Sakura. I waited for full bloom in Greenwich this year. But it it already in full bloom??? I rang the park last week and they told me to wait for two weeks!
    But you saw then blooming already???

    Since I saw your photos, I bought your book. “Cherry blossom murder”. And I’m enjoying so much fun specially in from Osaka!

    Thank you.

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    • Hi there. I took the photos in the post three days ago, on Monday 10th April, so yes, the avenue is already in full bloom. It’s exceptionally early, but spring has been very early this year, so I’m not surprised it’s taken the park people by surprise.
      I’m glad you like the book!

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      • Thanks for your reply! I will go and have a look tomorrow and maybe photoshoot on Saturday.
        I will read your book during the train journey. Me being Japanese, I’m a bit slow reading an English book!!! And I have been fed up reading any English book. But I don’t get bored reading your book! Thanks. I’m sure to read another one of yours after!

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  2. Hey there! I’m planning on going to Greenwich tomorrow. In your experience, do your think I may still find cheery blossoms? Thank you, and you have a lovely blog.

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