What better way to brighten your day...?
The season of new life has arrived, and what better way to brighten your day than with the sight and scent of bluebells covering a woodland floor on a warm spring day…
With over half the global population of bluebells flowering in the UK, Britain’s beautiful blue spring is a quintessential part of our native landscape.
And the National Trust is one of the most important organisations in the UK for bluebells - a quarter of the Trust's woodland is ancient or semi-natural; the ideal habitats for bluebells to flourish.
The native bluebell species can be identified by its delicate scent, intense blue colour and flowers that droop down like a bell along one side of the stem. Bluebells usually burst into flower between April and May, but as they depend on warm ground temperatures to help them grow, can often appear earlier in the year.
At the National Trust’s idyllic Hinton Ampner House & Garden near Alresford, visitors can explore acres of ancient woodland surrounding this quintessentially English landscape.
Stroll slowly through glorious beech avenues and drink in the bluebell phenomenon that appears here. Hinton welcomes picnickers in its woods, and there are woodland ‘sofas’ carved out of fallen tree trunks where you can sit and admire the view.
On Saturday 30th April and Wednesday 11th May (1pm-3pm), visitors can enjoy a guided woodland walk taking in the bluebells, followed by afternoon tea in the tea room, all for £10. Booking essential on 0844 249 1895.
Another stunning National Trust spot, The Vyne near Basingstoke, features a hazy blue carpet of bluebells along woodland paths around the former Tudor estate.
The surrounding meadows and parkland offer tranquil walks and the chance to really ‘get away from it all’, with plenty of opportunity to spot all sorts of wildlife and wildflowers.
For more perfect bluebell spots and ideas for family days out at local National Trust places and spaces, head to www.nationaltrust.org.uk