Cherry blossom season is coming to Batsford Arboretum

Soak up the colours of spring at Batsford Arboretum, one of the UK’s best spots to go cherry blossom viewing, this March and April 2022.

By Annabel Lammas  |  Published
Admire Batsford Arboretums nationally-renowned collection of Japanese flowering cherries when they blossom this spring 2022.
Admire Batsford Arboretum’s nationally-renowned collection of Japanese flowering cherries when they blossom this spring 2022.

Gloucestershire is blooming with sensational spring colours, as the warmer weather breathes new life into flora and foliage across the county – and this season, Batsford Arboretum’s vast collection of rare and exotic trees really come into their own.

Throughout spring, visitors will find stunning displays of pink, white and purple at the 56-acre arboretum, near Moreton-in-Marsh.

Brimming with spring blossom, Batsford is home to the National Collection of Prunus (Sato-zakura Group) – a diverse collective of cultivated Japanese cherry trees that are grown for their ornamental qualities – with over 120 flowering cherries found in clusters around the arboretum.


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With exquisite cherry trees to admire, nature lovers can enjoy a tranquil stroll and practice hanami – the traditional Japanese custom of enjoying the beauty of cherry blossoms, which literally translates to ‘flower viewing’.

The arboretum in the Cotswolds is also has 73 species of magnolia, adding more pastel hues and pretty pinks to the seasonal landscape; as well as carpets of daffodils and spring-flowering bulbs.

Batsford’s visitors can expect to see magnolias, early flowering cherries and plenty of daffodils from early to mid-March 2022, while the rest of the Japanese cherries are predicted to flower from late March to early April 2022 – with the whole springtime spectacle generally spanning a couple of months.

Batsford Arboretum is open daily from 9.30am to 5pm on Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday.

Visitors must book tickets online in advance via batsarb.co.uk, costing £8.95 for adults, £3.50 for children aged four to 16 and free for kids under four.

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