Enchanted Forests Carpeted in Beautiful Bluebells

Suzy Rhodes Thu, 08/06/2015 - 19:25
England
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A sea of bluebells – it’s nature’s way of presenting springtime glory throughout gorgeous woodlands in Britain.  These jewels come alive in April and May and turn forest floors into an ocean of sapphire.  It’s no surprise that these magical displays have so much folklore and tradition behind them.

Bluebell Woodlands

Apparently, there are millions of individual bluebell bulbs resting beneath the earth throughout these bluebell forests which is a good sign that it is ancient woodland, more than 500 years old. 

Bluebell Woodlands

(Wiki-Fact) The flowers are lavender-blue, pendulous, and tubular with the petals recurved only at the end, and borne on one side of the flowering stem only. The flower stem is 10–30 cm long and bends over at the top. The anthers are yellowish-white or cream and are attached more than halfway up on the inside the tube. The flowers are pleasantly and usually strongly scented.

Bluebell Woodlands

When I was growing up we would call these woodlands ‘The Magic Woods’ because as a child it seemed so magical to walk through a field of blue. It’s a tranquil haven that I will never forget and I made a point of taking my children back there when they were young.  After all, how often do you get a chance to walk through enchanting meadows such as this, a treasure trove tucked away in the deep forest.

Bluebell Woodlands

The annual Bluebell flower show has been around for over 700 hundred years in some parts of this island…it’s not man made, not created for commercial reasons or even viewed by millions of people, that’s the beauty of it all – it’s nature’s gift to mankind. 

Bluebell Woodlands

 

Bluebell Woodlands

Nature lovers enjoy their bluebell walk each year, relishing in the sights and sounds of the English countryside.

Bluebell Woodlands

 

Bluebell Woodlands

Bluebell Woodlands

If you ever find yourself in these parts of Britain or Northen Ireland during the spring maybe you should visit one of the local enchanted forests that are carpeted in beautiful bluebells.

 

    Bluebells in the East of England

    • Blakes Wood, Essex

    • Great Wood on the Blickling Estate, Norfolk

    • Meadow at Ickworth, Suffolk

    Bluebells in London and the South East

     • Berkshire – Basildon Park parkland

    • Buckinghamshire – Cliveden woods

    • East Sussex – Garden and woods at Sheffield Park and Garden

    • Hampshire – Ancient woodland at Hinton Ampner, ancient    Spearywell Woods at Mottisfont and Morgaston Woods at The Vyne

    • Hertfordshire – Wooded landscape of the Ashridge Estate

    • Isle of Wight – Borthwood Copse, path beside Mottistone Gardens, woods above Mottistone village, St Catherine's Down near Niton and Luccombe   Down (part of Ventnor Downs)

    • Kent – Woodland dell at Emmetts Garden, Scathes Wood at Ightham Mote and Sissinghurst Castle Garden estate

    • Middlesex – Ancient woodland at Osterley Park and House

    • Oxfordshire – Badbury Clump on Badbury Hill and the Greys Court woods

    • Surrey – Woods towards Juniper Top at Box Hill, Little Wix Wood at Hatchlands Park, Franks Wood at Leith Hill, Runnymede woods and Winkworth Arboretum

    • West Sussex – Garden and woods at Nymans, woods around Slindon village and on Nore Hill on the Slindon Estate and Rockinghill Wood and Hollybush Wood at Standen House and Garden

    Bluebells in the Midlands

    • Wooded landscape of the Brockhampton Estate, Herefordshire

    • Serpentine Wood at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

    • Clumber Park woods, Nottinghamshire

    • Forest of Arden at Coughton Court, Warwickshire

    • Kedleston Hall woods, Derbyshire

    • Parkland at Packwood House, Warwickshire

    • Skelghyll Woods, Ambledside, Cumbria

    • Bluebell meadow at Dunham Massey, Cheshire

    • Beech Walk and the North Woods at Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire

    • Speke Hall woods, Liverpool

    Bluebells in Northern Ireland

     • Castle Ward bluebell trails, County Down

    • Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House gardens, County Londonderry

    • Wooded glen at Lisnabreeny, County Down

    • Terrace Hill at Minnowburn, County Down

    • Murlough National Nature Reserve woods, County Down

    • Nugent’s Wood at Strangford Lough, County Down

     Bluebells in the South West

    • Bristol – Leigh Woods

    • Cornwall – Orchard at Godolphin, Glendurgan Garden, gardens and woods at Lanhydrock, Trelissick woods and St Ives to Pendeen coast

    • Devon – Winford Wood on the Arlington Court estate, Buckland Abbey woods and Wembury Woods

    • Dorset – Kingston Lacy

    • Gloucestershire – Standish Wood

    • Herefordshire – Summit of May Hill

    • Somerset – Brean Down and Fyne Court

    • Wiltshire – Surrounding woodland at Stourhead

    Bluebells in Wales

   • Woods behind Abermawr Beach, Pembrokeshire

    • Chirk Castle woods, Wrexham

    • Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire

    • Castle Woods at Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire

    • Coed-y-Bwnydd hill fort, Usk Valley, Monmouthshire

     Bluebells in Yorkshire and the North East

    • Hardcastle Crags woods, Yorkshire

    • Gardens and parkland at Nostell Priory, Yorkshire

    • Newton Wood at Roseberry Topping, Yorkshire

    • Allen Banks, Northumberland

    • Dunes behind Embleton Bay, Northumberland

Source: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk

 

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