Bluebells and wild garlic at Plas Newydd

Spring brings with it all the colourful sights and smells of the season, especially to a lesser-known area of the garden.

Beyond the landscaped planting of the garden at Plas Newydd lies a wilder area that can easily be missed.  Here you won't find manicured lawns and pristine flowerbeds. Instead, a winding path leads you through a woodland that's a haven for our resident red squirrels, native birdlife and insects.

A carpet of colour

In springtime, Church Wood is at its best. The woodland floor is carpeted with the green, white and blue mixture of wild garlic and bluebells that grow in great swathes amongst the trees. The air is full of their heady scents, taking you on a walk that fills your senses and allows you to enjoy the tranquillity . 

At the far end of the wood you'll find a bird hide overlooking the Menai Strait. Head uphill and there's a bench with views across the fields to Llanedwen Church, used by past generations of the Marquess and his family. Take a seat for a while and enjoy the sights and smells of the wood in springtime.

An ideal habitat

Did you know that The National Trust is one of the most important organisations in the UK for bluebell conservation? A quarter of the Trust's woodland is ancient or semi-natural, which is an ideal habitat for bluebells.  Almost half  of the world's bluebells are found in the UK, and they’re relatively rare in the rest of the world.  The bluebells here at Plas Newydd have been around for a while, but if you fancy creating your very own bluebell colony at home, it's worth knowing that it can take a few years to establish; usually somewhere around 5-7 years from seed to flower. 

A flowering bluebell
A close up image of a flowering bluebell
A flowering bluebell

Pick up a garden map from the team in the Visitor Centre or follow our 'hidden corners' walking trail below to discover Church Wood  -  or simply follow your nose!