Spring in the park at Hatchlands
After a long, grey winter what could be better than embracing the changing seasons with a blissful walk through springtime splendour. You can find spectacular spring colour all over our garden, parkland and woodland. Discover daffodils in the garden, blossom in the hedgerows, cowslips in the wildflower meadow and one of the very best bluebell woods around.
Every year, springtime coincides with the reopening of our garden after its winter hibernation. As you stroll down the path between reception and our house, look out for daffodils and a small splash of bluebells underneath the huge London plane tree, as well as smaller spring flowers like scilla. You’ll find bees at their busiest, buzzing around the skimmia at the bottom of our path and big, bold, colourful lilacs in several of our flower beds.
Once you’re through the garden, head out into the park. Small, delicate, bright green leaves are newly visible on the parkland oak trees and flowering blackthorn blossom lines many of our woodland hedgerows. There’s also wildlife to see with new-born calves charging around in the fields and many of our wildfowl returning from a winter spent in warmer climes.
In the meadow
Late in the season our wildflower meadow begins to return to life too. Following its annual winter trim the first flushes of colour arrive in the form of cowslips. Just as our bluebell wood is going over you should be able to wander round the corner and find a carpet of yellow instead.
Tucked away at the eastern edge of our park you’ll find Little Wix Wood and one of the finest bluebell woods in the area. This small, quiet patch of ancient semi-natural woodland was first recorded in the Chertsey Chronicles during the 13th century and features sweet chestnut, ash, oak, birch and hornbeam.
Each April and May our woodland breaks out into a riot of colour, a sea of bluebells stretching from one end of the wood to the other. These delicate native English bluebells won’t flower in the average garden, but here they create a violet carpet along the woodland floor and a sweet scent fills the air.
Half the world’s population of bluebells flower in the UK so why not pay us a visit for a quintessentially English springtime experience. Try taking the Wix Woods walk by following the blue way-marker posts to get there by the most direct route.