The best Woodland Trust bluebell woods in central England
Bluebell woods are a breathtaking sight and the Woodland Trust has compiled a selection of some of the best sites to visit in central England this spring.
The United Kingdom’s largest woodland conservation charity cares for over a thousand native woods, making it one of the most important organisations for native bluebell colonies. Bluebells bloom in April and May before the woodland canopy closes but are sensitive plants and take at least five years to establish and colonise.
The Trust is appealing for visitors to its bluebell woods to enjoy the natural splendour this spring, while being careful not to destroy any flowers by sticking to proper paths and keeping dogs on leads. The guidelines are part of the Woodland Trust’s Love Your Woods campaign which is encouraging people to help protect woods and nature for the future. Visitors can play their part by following some simple advice, including staying on paths, taking dog mess and litter home and protecting wildlife by keeping dogs close and staying fire free.
Woodland Trust assistant conservation officer Sally Bavin said visitors to the charity’s numerous sites are welcome as “everyone should have the chance to enjoy the spectacular spring-time sight of a bluebell-carpeted woodland”. But she said it is vital we do all we can to look after bluebells for future generations “Bluebells are often found in ancient woodlands because large colonies take so long to establish. The early blooms provide an important source of pollen and nectar for emerging insects. “But many ancient woodlands where bluebells were found have been destroyed over the years, so the special places which remain are extremely precious. It is vital for us to safeguard these.
Here are a selection of some of the best bluebell woods the Woodland Trust has to offer:
Central England Archers & Aversley Wood Aversley Wood – Visiting Woods – Woodland Trust
Burroughs Wood, Ratby Burroughs Wood – Visiting Woods – Woodland Trust
Everdon Stubbs Everdon Stubbs – Woodland Trust
Old Wood, Sheringham Old Wood, Sheringham – Visiting Woods – Woodland Trust
Tattershall Carrs, Tattershall Tattershall Carrs – Visiting Woods – Woodland Trust
Love Your Woods
Woodland Trust sites are free to enter and open all year round so come prepared for nature in its natural state. This means no toilets, cafés, bins or cleaning staff – just unmissable views, clean air, birdsong and woodland paths for you to wander along to your heart’s content.
Embrace nature and enjoy but also back our Love Your Woods campaign by playing your part and protecting woods and nature for the future with these top tips for your visit.
- Stay on the paths
- Take dog mess and litter home with you
- Protect wildlife by keeping dogs close
- Stay fire free
- Leave sleepovers to the wildlife
- Be considerate with den building
- Park with consideration for others
- Swimming is for wildlife only
- Woods aren’t good for rock climbing which destroys precious habitats
- Check access rules before cycling
Green Recovery Challenge Fund
Love Your Woods is part of The Woodland Trust’s ‘People and woods: getting better together’, funded by the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The fund was developed by Defra and its Arm’s-Length Bodies. It is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in partnership with Natural England, the Environment Agency and Forestry Commission.
The Woodland Trust
The Woodland Trust is the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK with more than 500,000 supporters. It wants to see a UK rich in native woods and trees for people and wildlife.
The Trust has three key aims:
- protect ancient woodland, which is rare, unique and irreplaceable
restoration of damaged ancient woodland, bringing precious pieces of our natural history back to life
- establish native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife
Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,000 sites in its care covering approximately 29,000 hectares. Access to its woods is free so everyone can benefit from woods and trees.
Feature image: Judith Parry
Bluebell close up: Don Brubacher