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. With many veteran trees and deadwood, both standing and on the ground, it offers an ideal environment for bluebells. It is also one of the most important woodlands on the Kingston Lacy estate and it is suffering from honey fungus. 

The honey fungus is not something which we can treat, and by allowing the affected trees to die and fall we are creating woodland where deadwood will help to support other ecosystems. Within Abbott Street Copse one path has had to be re-routed this year due to a fallen tree, and over the coming years more paths will have to be closed and re-routed.

This means that over the coming years less of the original woodland will be open although it will still be viewable. To ensure you can still enjoy the beauty of the bluebells we are looking to create a new 6 acre oak woodland in the surrounding fields allowing the native flowers to naturally spread. This will, in time, create a larger and more beautiful woodland.

The proposed new woodland at Abbotts Street copse on the Kingston Lacy estate
The proposed new woodland at Abbotts Street copse on the Kingston Lacy estate
The proposed new woodland at Abbotts Street copse on the Kingston Lacy estate

In the meantime, to keep the woodland at its best for everyone, please stick to the open pathways and take home anything you bring with you.

Where can I park?

Pamphill Green car park will be set-aside for less-able parking on the following dates:
• 28 – 29 April
• 5 – 7 May, including Bank Holiday Monday
• 14 – 15 May
• 19 – 20 May

Designated temporary bluebell parking, in a field by kind permission of the tenant, will be available at the Pamphill School end of the Oak Avenue on the following dates and times:

• 28 – 29 April, 9am – 5pm
• 5 – 7 May, including Bank Holiday Monday, 9am – 5pm
• 14 – 15 May, 9am – 5pm
• 19 – 20 May, 9am – 5pm

The parking is located off of the B3082 down the Abbott Street turning at Pamphill Dairy. It will be well signposted.

How much does it cost to park?

The parking for Abbott Street copse is free but please consider leaving a donation. By giving a gift at the donation box or purchasing a raffle ticket from a member of the team you will be helping us to continue restoration work in the Kingston Lacy Kitchen Garden and at other locations around the estate. Help us keep places like this special forever, for everyone.

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.

Bluebells can be seen in a number of locations across the Kingston Lacy estate. Abbott Street copse is the most popular, and can become very busy so to avoid the crowds why not try some of the suggestions below...