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A woodland carpeted with bluebells is undoubtedly one of the most iconic and beautiful sights of spring.
To help you find out where to see the sweet-scented blooms in their full glory, for the first time Forestry Commission England has listed their top ten places to see them.
Below is a selection of our special sites, sometimes only known to locals and which have been kept a closely guarded secret for years. These are:
- West Woods in Lockeridge, Marlborough
- Silk Wood, Old Arboretum, Westonbirt Arboretum
- Wombwell Woods, Barnsley
- Grizedale Forest, North West England
- Idless Woods, Cornwall
- Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent
- Oversley Wood, near Alcester in Warwickshire
- Shrawley Wood, near Stourport on Severn in Worcestershire
- Hagg Wood, Dunnington, near York
- Pondhead Inclosure, near Lyndhurst, New Forest
Pam Warhurst, Forestry Commission Chair, said,
“The ideal time to see bluebells is in late April and May and the Forestry Commission is proud to boast some of the best areas to see them. The flowers don't stick around forever though, so now's the time to get out there and see them.
“We would also like people to share their photos and experiences of being surrounded by one of Britain’s best-loved spring flowers. Log on to http://www.facebook.com/#!/forestry.commission.england to get involved.”
Bluebells are predominantly found in woodland and their displays can be found all over England. In fact they are well adapted to life in woodlands preferring moist, shady and stable conditions.
In the spring they flower before the surrounding trees come out in full leaf. This means that they complete their life cycle while light levels are high. Bluebells are able to grow quickly in the spring because they store their energy in their bulbs.
Notes to Editors
1. Forestry Commission England is the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.
2. Forestry Commission England supports the UN’s International Year of Forests and Love Forests – www.loveforests.com
3. Native bluebells are protected by law (the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981)). This means it’s illegal to dig up the bulbs from the wild in order to sell them.
Becci Turner Press Officer 0117 906 6030 firstname.lastname@example.org