Discover the Bluebells at Hinton Ampner

close up of bluebells in the woods at Hinton Ampner, Hampshire

Spring has arrived and what better way to brighten your day than with the sight and scent of bluebells covering a woodland floor on a warm spring day.

With over half the global population of bluebells flowering in UK woods, Britain’s beautiful blue spring is a quintessential part of our native landscape. And the National Trust is one of the most important organisations in the UK for bluebells - a quarter of the Trust's woodland is ancient or semi-natural; the ideal habitats for bluebells to flourish. 

Follow paths leading the heart of the bluebell woods
Bluebell woods at Hinton Ampner

Matthew Oates, a Naturalist for the National Trust, adds: “The bluebell starts growing in January with its sole purpose to flower before the other woodland plants. However, timing of flowering depends on elevation, latitude, aspect, soils, geology and local climate conditions – they depend on warm ground conditions to help them grow. The true beauty of our bluebells - the intense blue colour, the delicate scent, the view - makes them an essential and special element to our springtime experience.”

Matthew Oates, our specialist on nature
Matthew Oates, our specialist on nature, holding a pair of binoculars

The native bluebell species can be identified by its delicate scent, intense blue colour and flowers that droop down like a bell along one side of the stem. Bluebells usually burst into flower between April and May, but as they depend on warm ground temperatures to help them grow, can often appear earlier in the year.

Explore further afield to find hidden treasures
Fallen log in the bluebell woods at Hinton Ampner, Hampshire

Visit us this spring where you can explore acres of ancient woodland surrounding a quintessentially English landscape. Stroll slowly through glorious beech avenues and drink in the bluebell phenomenon that appears here. We welcomes picnickers in the woods, and there are woodland ‘sofas’ carved out of fallen tree trunks where you can sit and admire the view. Pick up a map at visitor reception to explore our estate.