Bluebells at Kingston Lacy

Bluebell wood at the National Trust

Bluebells are always a popular sight for visitors with the swathes of blue covering ancient woodland floors. However, this year we are not able to provide parking facilities and are urging people to stay at home, observe social distancing as instructed by the government and not to travel. 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.

One of the most popular locations to see bluebells on the estate is at Abbott Street Copse. 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.

In order to conserve this important woodland and ensure its future we have 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 that this will 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 Abbot Street Copse have 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