Do you love the seeing the pink popping out amongst the trees, admiring the delicate candy-floss pink petals fluttering in the wind, adore the confetti like dusting of blossom the ground? Isn’t cherry blossom season glorious?
Different varieties of Cherry blossom (Japanese Sakura) start blooming from March until May. You have probably already noticed blossom images popping up across social media. And, we are very fortunate to have a a good number of cherry trees to seasonally swoon over in Coventry & Warwickshire.
This year, we have experienced a colder start to spring, so trees have been slower to blossom. This means that there is still time to catch the local cherry blossoms, although you do need to be quick because the average tree only blossoms for a couple of weeks.
To help you find them, we have complied a list of our favourite places to enjoy the Cherry Blossom in Coventry & Warwickshire.
Magnolia is another flowering tree with large pink or white flowers. You may have noticed that cherry blossom season often coincides with the magnolia season, which creates a fabulous pink and white explosion in some places for a several weeks.
Our favourite places to see Cherry Blossoms in Coventry & Warwickshire
Top Green Park, Coventry
Top Green Park might not be as big as other neighbouring parks, but here you will find a good number of Cherry Trees concentrated over a smaller area.
Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa
Newbold Terrace outside of Jephson Gardens is lined with pink cherry blossom trees. There aren’t so many inside the park but you will find the odd cherry tree dotted about, along with the odd magnolia tree.
However, Jephson Gardens is a beautiful Victorian park which is worth strolling around for views of its colourful flowerbeds, victorian cafe, botanical gardens, art galleries, and its boating lake.
Lady Herbert’s Garden, Coventry
Cherry trees have a relatively short lifespan of 15-30 years. Lady Herbert’s Garden in the city centre has some well-established cherry trees, the feather light pink blossom by Cook Street Gate is delightful.
St Nicholas Park, Warwick
St. Nicholas Park has some cherry blossom trees by the park benches along the side of the river avon. These hadn’t blossomed when we visited in early April, so this is definitely a spot to keep an eye on.
On the other side of the river in Myton Fields, there’s also some pretty hedge blossom around Kingfisher pool.
Spencer Park, Coventry
While pink is the colour most people associate with cherry blossom, some varieties change from dark to light pink, and turn white when fully in bloom. You can wander under the heavy branches of blossom or enjoy a family picnic surrounded by blossom in Spencer park.
Who doesn’t love images of blossom against a cloudless blue sky? You can use your phone or camera to capture these close up shots which are seasonally popular on social media — the pink really pops against a blue backdrop.
Memorial Park, Coventry
If you are a bit late to the blossom party, remember that a carpet of petals still looks stunning. Of course, there’ll be even more ‘gram likes for you if you can get your model to look at the camera.
Other notable cherry blossom spots
Other lesser-known cherry blossom spots are often found along residential streets, such as the Lutterworth Road in Nuneaton or the Kenilworth Road in Royal Leamington Spa.
If you opt to take photos in residential areas, be respectful of local residents’ privacy and private property. Do not trespass or annoy people with a with a lengthy photoshoot.
Where are your favourite places to enjoy the Cherry Blossom in Coventry & Warwickshire?
The National Trust’s Blossom Watch day was on Friday the 24 April, use their hashtag #BlossomWatch
You could also create short videos of the cherry blossoms fluttering in the breeze – use your phone or camera to gently pull your frame towards the petals so the blossom fades in and out of focus, try slowly panning across the branches of the trees to capture how the blossom hangs. Slow down or speed up sections of the video and add some music using Instagram’s Reels or Tik Tok.