Bluebells at Standen
Bluebell fans are spoilt for choice at Standen, with bluebell coverage totalling around 20 acres across the estate. Once they are in full bloom the floor of Rockinghill and Hollybush wood are carpeted and the sight and scent is one of the most magical experiences nature has to offer.
" Most years the bluebells flower at the same time as the early purple orchids in Hollybush Wood, making a dramatic sight of blue and purple hues across the landscape. With lots of benches around the woods, it’s a great place to sit and enjoy the delicate scent and colour."
Weather conditions permitting, the bluebells may also coincide with over 10,000 bright and bold tulips coming into flower around the house and garden in mid-April to mid-May as part of the Tulip Festival at Standen.
Pick up an walk leaflet at Visitor Reception for suggested routes through the bluebell coverage or download one online before you go.
Whilst on a Bluebell walk there is plenty more to see than just flowers. The woods at Standen are home to badgers, roe deer and fallow deer. Discover the badger viewing platform available for public use in the woods and see if you can spot wildlife. Listen out for the sounds of blackbird, chaffinch, chiffchaff, blackcap, magpie, great spotted woodpecker and woodpigeon, all found on the estate
" We’ve been restoring the woodlands at Standen to traditional coppice management, which has in turn made the bluebells flourish. It’s wonderful to see that an increasing number are flowering each year. "