Bluebells at Kingston Lacy

Bluebells at Abbott Street Copse on the Kingston Lacy estate

Bluebells are always a popular sight for visitors with the swathes of blue covering ancient woodland floors. This year we are only able to provide limited parking facilities. Please observe social distancing when visiting; we all need to play our part in helping to restrict the spread of coronavirus.

The Kingston Lacy estate is one of most popular areas in the county to see bluebells, with thousands of people coming to see the spectacular carpets of flowers. 

But we need to be careful to ensure this beautiful sight will be seen by our children and grandchildren. Bulbs can be damaged by the pressure of too many feet (even minor damage to leaves can have a long-term impact), so please respect the signs and temporary fencing designed to protect vulnerable areas and stick to the paths. 

One of the most popular locations to see bluebells on the estate is at Abbott Street Copse (it can get very busy, so have a look at some alternative places below). The Copse is full of veteran and ancient trees which provide the perfect habitat for bluebells, whilst the deadwood is perfect for the wide range of bugs and insects.

Over the years the trees have been suffering from stress and disease which has been exacerbated by visitor pressures.The winding path is helping to relieve the impact on the ancient woodland, allowing the trees and bluebells to recover and to thrive naturally for future generations.

In order to conserve this important woodland and ensure its future we created a new plantation next to the existing copse. In total we have planted and guarded 2,500 trees and 1,500 hedgerow trees. Our aim is to increase, conserve and improve the biodiversity of this environment whilst also providing a beautiful woodland for the generations to come.

" Ancient semi-natural woodland (ASNW) in the UK such as Abbott Street Copse has halved since the 1930s. Extending and preserving this habitat is therefore extremely important and the work we have completed will improve and protect this area of woodland for years to come."
- Jake Simpkins, Forestry Ranger at Kingston Lacy

There are several places to see this iconic flower at Kingston Lacy. In the garden, you'll find bluebells in the Lime Avenue and the Woodland Trail, along with many other fabulous spring flowers.  

The following downloadable trails take in places known for their bluebells:

• Walk 3 – Pamphill and Cowgrove

• Walk 5 – Pamphill Green and Moor. This includes a visit to Harts Copse.

• Walk 9 – Kingston Lacy Park and Pamphill Green. This can be used by visitors who wish to walk from Kingston Lacy to Abbott Street Copse and return.