Signs of early summer

Bluebells on a woodland bank

A walk through the woodland garden at this time of year is rewarded with signs of early summer from both plants and nature. Find out what you can see here, from bluebells to buzzards.

Beautiful bluebells

At this time of year bluebells steal the show in the garden and surrounding countryside. If you follow the path past the house and through the garden, you'll see bluebells taking over the banks and drifting down the hillside toward the River Dart. In the nearby countryside, Down Copse is a particularly good place to see bluebells in flower. To get there, you walk through Greenway car park into the woodland, and follow the path to Greenway Halt. On the way through the woods, you're sure to see a good display. 

 

Bird watching

In early summer birds are busy nesting all over the garden. You may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a rare cirl bunting, a small farmland bird which is endangered but thriving on the Greenway estate thanks to the care of a dedicated group of volunteers. Other farmland birds and even buzzards can be seen nesting here at this time of year. 

The Boathouse and Battery are good places to watch for kingfishers, and in the Boathouse is a wildlife spotter board where you can keep a record of the birds and animals you have seen. While you're at the Boathouse it's also worth keeping an eye out for seals.

 

It's in the air

You can follow your nose to some of the flowers that make the garden at this time of year so special. In the South Walled Garden the smell of wisteria and apple blossom fills the air, and from the Croquet Lawn the delicate scent of elderflower drifts over from the elder 'Eva.'