Cherry picked: Seven spots to see blossom now
As we emerge bleary eyed from a long and grey winter, we have been warmly received on the other side with a kaleidoscope of colour in the form of blooming blossom. Here are the best places to see it all at its best
Winkworth is a sanctuary of life every spring with trees collected from across the world and dotting the sweeping hills of the rolling Surrey countryside. Every season, Winkworth offers something new. Come autumn, it is a fiery landscape of flaming trees, but springtime is arguably when the National Trust property is at its best, with blooming magnolia, drifts of bluebells on the forest floor and popping azaleas. Take a stroll to the romantic lake house and look out across the lake, soaking up the view of the colourful reflection of colour.
Make your way to Kew before the end of spring to see the world-famous gardens burst into life as the season sets in. The cherry walk starts at the rose garden behind the Palm House with its display of Japanese cherries, and guides you up to the Temperate House, finishing with a glorious row of 15 cherry trees. A must visit is the blooming azalea garden which is cleverly arranged in date order, showing you a chronological history going back to the first azalea hybrids from the early 19th century.
Springtime in Battersea Park offers a wealth of colourful trees that picturesquely line the Thames. The aptly named Spring Tree Walk offers views of candy cotton trees and makes for a delightful stroll with blossom confetti littering the ground. Head into the centre of the park for a circle of the pond and catch a glimpse of the London Peace Pagoda as the spring sun glints off the golden Buddha.
Take a springtime stroll from Twickenham Bridge in Richmond, all the way along the riverside up to Petersham for the ultimate blossom pilgrimage. The trees along the towpath will be bursting with tufts of pink candyfloss and make for a picture perfect moment to capture with Richmond Bridge on the horizon and Petersham further along.
Spring shades of bright pastel colours mixed with heavenly floral scents greet visitors to Surrey’s Leith Hill every spring. There is a magical rhododendron wood with a bold springtime display and peak times run from April to early May, meaning now is the prime time to visit.
Morden Hall Park
A tranquil oasis of tree-lined waterways, old snuff mills and whimsical bridges that cross the winding river Wandle, Morden Hall Park is an idyllic spring destination. The various avenues become wide thoroughfares of blinding white blossom and the woodland area is swept by dedicated volunteers to ensure pockets of bluebells can add a pop of blue to the forest floor.
A splendid 40 acre Victorian woodland, this hidden plantation is a paradise of popping colours that comes into its own between late April and early May. The gardens is gated away from the rest of the open expanse of Richmond Park, and visitors are guided down narrow pathways with exploding azaleas lining the pathways and reflecting dramatically on the streams and ponds.