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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

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Each May the woodlands of the Forest of Dean is covered in a carpet of blue, in one of the best places in the country to see native English bluebells – ontheluce.com

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    Where's Wiwi?
    May 19, 2014 at 11:03 am

    how heavenly!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      May 22, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      They are so pretty, pity that they only last for such a short amount of time though!

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    Wendy Kate
    May 19, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Beautiful! I LOVE bluebells πŸ™‚

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    backyardtreasuresblog
    May 19, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Like a fairy land.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      May 22, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      It is isn’t it, you can imagine a whole miniature world going on between the bluebells!

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    The Origin of Travel
    May 19, 2014 at 2:55 pm

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

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      May 22, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      How funny, it’s unusual to find anyone who’s heard of the Forest of Dean, let alone visited!

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        The Origin of Travel
        May 22, 2014 at 11:00 pm

        Yeah I bet. My granddad was evacuated there during WW2 and learned to love it so we took a few family holidays there. A beautiful place πŸ™‚

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    Sam
    May 19, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    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.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      May 22, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Glad to bring back some memories from home, even if they do make you a bit homesick!

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    swo8
    May 19, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Our For-get-me-nots are out. They tend to grow all over too. Very pretty there in Gloucestershire.
    Leslie

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      May 22, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      Forget-me-nots are beautiful too, I do love blue flowers!

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    Kathryn Burrington
    May 19, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    How lovely! Always mean to track some down but once again I missed it! For now I’ll make do with looking at yours instead, not a bad compromise.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      May 22, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      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.

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    disconnectedlandscapes
    May 19, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Reblogged this on Disconnected Landscapes.

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    Darlene
    May 20, 2014 at 4:22 am

    The bluebells are delightful. Thanks for sharing them with us. Happy Spring!

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    unfinishedtravel
    May 20, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Beautiful! I love the color!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      May 22, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Fantastic isn’t it, especially how they all merge together into a sea of blue on the forest floor.

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    Kirsten (Kirst Over the World)
    May 20, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Beautiful! I loved seeing the little group of bluebells in my garden but this shows I should travel a little bit further in England (looks like something out of A Midsummer Night’s Dream) πŸ™‚

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      May 22, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      It does, doesn’t it! It would be a great place for a performance of it.

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    gerryann
    May 22, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Stunning colour! Enjoyed your post

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    KHAI LIAN MANG
    May 24, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    beautiful place i love to walk and feel the beauty

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      May 27, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      Thanks, yes it’s lovely to get out among nature and soak up the beauty!

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    Arianwen
    June 4, 2014 at 1:04 am

    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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      Lucy Dodsworth
      June 4, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      It’s easy to forget how many gorgeous places there are in the UK – though Sydney’s pretty stunning too!

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    Runaway Brit
    May 6, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Gorgeous pictures, which remind me of many happy days spent wandering through the Forest of Dean. It makes me feel a little bit homesick!

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      Lucy
      May 6, 2015 at 8:42 pm

      Britain in the spring is the loveliest time (between the showers anyway!).

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