A snapshot of bluebells across the South West
Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Abbott Street Copse at Kingston Lacy is full of veteran and ancient trees which are the perfect habitat for bluebells. The team have created a new plantation next to the original copse, where 2,500 trees and 1,500 hedgerow trees will help to conserve this important woodland.
Godolphin is rich in archaeology and wildlife. The sixteenth-century garden is one of the most important historic gardens in Europe. The tranquil and mysterious woodland, where the years of mining have left an unnatural undulating landscape, is carpeted in bluebells.
In North Devon, bluebells bloom in Beckland Woods, near Brownsham, along the coast path from Peppercombe to Bucks Mills, and in Barton Wood, near Watersmeet.
The Chapel-in-the-Woods near Cotehele Quay marks the spot where Richard Edgcumbe I made a narrow escape from King Richard III's men in 1483, and is surrounded by woodland filled with bluebells in spring.
Bonham Wood on the Stourhead estate is transformed with swathes of bluebells in May, complemented by views across the lake from behind the Temple of Apollo.
" ...sweet are the bluebells that hide in the valley..."
" Even the nineteenth-century Romantic poets Tennyson and Keats were under the spell of the bluebell, believing it symbolised regret and solitude. I say nonsense - this bulb is a true symbol of the fantastic beauty of nature. "