A welcome splash of colour from our native bluebells marks April and May, covering the ground in the shaded woodland areas of Castle Ward.
The woodland around Castle Ward is the perfect environment for bluebells to thrive, with its shaded, wet ground and they've been delighting visitors to the estate for hundreds of years.
Bluebells are an indicator of ancient woodland, as native bluebells colonies take a long time to establish themselves. Traditionally the flower is associated with humility and constancy, due to their bowed look and return each year. If you're planting your own bluebells, make sure you have the native version and not the Spanish Bluebell, which can quickly take over the native species.
We've put together a trail to make sure you get to the top bluebell spots, ranging from a short stroll around Mountain Wood, to the 'Grand Tour' which also takes in the shores of Strangford Lough.