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Admire the bluebells at Scotney Castle this spring
As the weather warms up and the days become longer, the bluebells start to appear all around Scotney Castle. From the drive to the formal garden to the outer reaches of the estate, come and admire them as they carpet the ground with their delicate purple flowers.
The bluebell is one of our best-loved British flowers, and it's no surprise. During late April / early May, after just a few steps into Scathes Wood, you'll be greeted by a carpet of sapphire blue, with a fragrance that is heaven 'scent'.
Spotting bluebells is one of the best things about a spring walk and Emmetts Garden doesn't disappoint for this. The woods have even been designated a SSSI (site of special scientific interest) due to the English native bluebells that bloom here. Every year the hillside is smothered with the nation's favourite wildflower creating a truly beautiful spectacle.
On the Bateman's estate the bluebells are already in leaf, waiting to carpet our woodland alongside the early purple orchids in May. Choose from three great woodland estate walks to take in the sights of spring.
Bluebells are not the easiest subject to photograph. Dappled light leads to contrast and colour issues and there's the practical aspect of trying not to damage the very thing you're celebrating. Photographer Hugh Mothersole has top tips for phone snappers and professionals alike.