Bluebells are not the easiest subject to photograph. Dappled light leads to contrast and colour issues and there's the practical aspect of trying not to damage the very thing you're celebrating. Photographer Hugh Mothersole has top tips for phone snappers and professionals alike.
May is the ideal time to get outdoors and try new things. The Thames Valley and Chilterns countryside are clothing themselves in green and unrolling miles of valleys and woodlands to explore. Gardens are drying out underfoot and are perfect for running, jumping and hiding.
There are loads of friendly National Trust supporter groups in the Thames Valley. They help support our places like Stowe, Hughenden and Greys Court by volunteering and fundraising. They also get together for fun days out, holidays and lectures.
Spring has sprung and the birds are singing. Welcome in the season at our London gardens, orchards and parks. Seek out spring bulbs and blossom at Fenton House or Red House, heritage tulips at Ham House and Garden and carpets of bluebells at Osterley Park
Take in sun-dappled bluebell woods and crystal-clear chalk streams. Hedges full of blossom and heaths alive with bird song. Late spring is a great time to get outdoors, so let our walking trails introduce you to some really memorable springtime experiences.