In pictures: A carpet of bluebells in the Forest of Dean

Bluebells in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire England

After what always feels like an endless winter in Britain, the first bluebell I see is a sign that days are getting longer and temperatures are getting warmer – summer is finally on its way. Near my home in Gloucestershire, the Forest of Dean is one of the best places in the country to see native English bluebells. Time it right and there are so many amongst this ancient woodland that they merge into a dense blue carpet across the forest floor. They start off a deep, purpley-blue when they’re youngest and fade to a soft pale shade towards the end of the season. They usually flower in early May but get there quickly – the season only lasts a few weeks. Good places to find them in the Forest of Dean include Cannop Ponds and the Speech House Hotel, or check out the Woodland Trust for details of bluebell woods across the UK.

Bluebells in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire England
Bluebells in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire England
Bluebells in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire England
Bluebells in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire England
Bluebells in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire England

Comments

  1. says

    It’s a lovely sight isn’t it, I get the same display at my local wood :) also this post bought back some nice memories as I stayed at the Speech House myself with my family many years ago, so thanks! :)

  2. says

    This makes me just a little bit homesick. The park in suburban London near where I grew up looks just like this every year around this time…at least I assume it still does, but since I haven’t been for over a year, I couldn’t say. Beautiful.

    • says

      I have a really bad track record in making it out to see them too, I’d been meaning to go for the last three years! Think that’s part of what makes them so special is that they are just there for such a short time.

  3. says

    Wow! That’s so beautiful. I need posts like this to remind me how amazing the UK is, because I’m about to leave Sydney and it’s making me very sad!

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