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.
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.
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.
You’ll find it at the back of Ranger’s House (which incidentally also has a fabulous rose garden, worth visiting come June).
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.
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.
Go as soon as you can – you won’t want to miss blossom as lovely as this!
For other London cherry blossom viewing spots, see my London Parks cherry blossom top five guide.