Bluebells at Kingston Lacy

Bluebell wood at the National Trust

As spring marches on the bluebells are emerging and creating beautiful carpets of blue in the woodlands across the estate.

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 been working over the winter to create 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

Importantly, the new plantation will also provide a new woodland route which will wind through the new plantation and parts of the ancient woodland  These changes will relieve the impact on the ancient woodland and will allow the trees and bluebells to recover, allowing them to thrive naturally for future generations.

A map of the new visitor route and plantation can be seen below…

The new pathway and plantation at Abbott Street Copse
The new pathway and plantation at Abbott Street Copse
The new pathway and plantation at Abbott Street Copse

Where can I park?

Designated bluebell parking, in a field, will be available at the Pamphill School end of the Oak Avenue will be open from Saturday 13 April to Monday 6 May from 9am - 5pm. Pamphill Green car park will be set-aside for less-able parking on these dates and times.  It is free to park your car at both of these locations.  

The parking is located off of the B3082 down the Abbott Street turning at Pamphill Dairy. AA directional signage will be installed to help visitors locate the parking.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, dogs on leads are welcome in the bluebell wood. Please be aware that the field used for parking is also used for cattle grazing at other times in the year. For the safety and wellness of the cattle we ask that you pick up or take any litter with you. There will be dog bins provided in the car park.

" Ancient semi-natural woodland (ASNW) in the UK such as Abbott Street copse have halved since the 1930s. Only 2% of British woodlands are ASNW (continued cover since 1600) and often consist of the most diverse woodland habitats. Additionally, overall woodland cover in the UK is 13% (average across EU countries is around 35%). 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, Countryside Ranger at Kingston Lacy

Another great spot to see the bluebells is along the Woodland Trail at Kingston Lacy. This area is great for the whole family, with a woodland path suitable for walking and cycling.