In Japan, cherry blossom season is a major event, with visitors flocking from around the globe to see the petals in full bloom. Well, we can’t make it for this year’s sakura season, but thankfully the UK gets its own crop of flamingo florets. In Harrogate, Yorkshire’s regal spa town, you’ll find candyfloss arches along The Stray - the town’s 200-acre stretch of parkland. The vast avenues of cherry trees were planted in 1953 to celebrate the Queen’s coronation and are usually accompanied by patches of jewel-bright crocuses and sunshine daffodils. Bring your camera and be careful not to slip on the magenta carpet of mushed petals.
Elsewhere Nymans, a lush country garden, house and ruins in West Sussex, is full of blossom-tree-lined avenues that froth with pale petals come spring. Or, go further north to Dollar, Clackmannanshire where lines of bright pink blossom sit prettily beside a trickling stream.
When? March and April