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."
Where to find blubells at Standen
Rockinghill and Hollybush wood are the main sites for bluebell displays at Standen. To access Hollybush Wood follow the path by Standen's car park which will take you to the boardwalk that leads around the woodland, while the start of the walk to Rockinghill Wood, accessed over a hilly field, is located near the entrance to Standen. Park in Standen's main car park to access both of these walks, and ask at Visitor Reception for more information and walking maps.
Watch your step
Bluebells are very fragile flowers. Once trodden on, their soft, succulent leaves are unable to absorb the sun and to photosynthesise so they die back. This means they can’t put food back into their bulbs, reducing their ability to produce flowers and seeds.
You see it in popular bluebell woods where narrow tracks made by walkers soon become wider and the bluebells end up in island-like patches instead of the blue carpets we all love. If you keep to the paths, you'll help to protect our native bluebell woods.
Weather conditions permitting, the bluebells may also coincide with over 10,000 bright and bold spring flowers coming into flower around the house and garden in mid-April to mid-May as part of the Spring Spectacular 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 any 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. "