Spring at Brockhampton

carpet of bluebells in the woods at Brockhampton

Come spring, visitors to Brockhampton are greeted by the charming seasonal sights of fruit blossoms, lambs and spring flowers in the woodlands.

Around late March and early April the real show-stopper is the fruit blossom. Surrounding the manor house the damson trees blossom first followed closely by the apple trees in the orchard behind, why not come and enjoy a picnic here with loved ones? The orchards here have recently been extended as part of the 'Reimagining Orchards' project, you can walk across to the new orchards to see the work-in-progress, the space will change greatly in the coming years as the trees mature.

The first trees planted in Brockhampton's new orchard - 'Merryweather' damsons
Freshly planted damson trees on a winter day
The first trees planted in Brockhampton's new orchard - 'Merryweather' damsons

Come May, a few tulips will pop up around the orchard and if you venture further out into the woods you’ll find wood anemone, dog’s mercury and of course bluebells in shady spots; the staff and volunteers in Visitor Reception will happily recommend a walk depending on how far you’d like to go. Keep your eyes peeled in the orchards and surrounding fields for lambs too, the Hawkins small-breed Hebrides lambs are particularly cute.

The Hawkins' Hebridean sheep in the orchard
The Hawkins' Hebridean sheep in the orchard, they are small and black with horns
The Hawkins' Hebridean sheep in the orchard

Late spring is when the swallows and swifts return to Brockhampton too. Many are attracted to the moat where they feed. The mallard ducks will also be nesting so keep a close eye out for ducklings, it takes around twenty-eight days of incubation for the eggs to hatch and the mother duck usually lays in April meaning ducklings normally make their debut in early May. Spring really is a refreshing time of year as nature blossoms and blooms and new life is created. Come along and celebrate all things seasonal at Brockhampton.

One of the resident mallards and her brood.
The sweet ducklings sat with their mother on the bale of straw in the moat.
One of the resident mallards and her brood.