As we look forward to the warm summer months approaching, we can also enjoy the sudden spurt of bluebells that are flowering all over the country in the meantime.
As they bloom from mid-April to May, right now is peak bluebell season, but make sure to visit them within a fortnight as this is when they are looking their best.
Bluebell season is also weather dependent, as the flowers grow best in the sun or partial shade, so make you visit when it’s sunny.
Some of the best places to see bluebells are in London, if you are unsure on where to find some, don’t worry, My London has got you covered.
Highgate Wood is a very special and ancient woodland in North London. It’s a renowned bluebell hotspot that recognised for its tall, elegant flowers during April and May.
It’s almost funny to think that in 1916, the Natural History Society claimed that bluebells were on the brink of extinction in these woodlands, but that’s not evident today.
Nearest Tube station: Highgate
Oxleas Wood in South East London is one of the most enchanting forests you will find in the city and some parts of the woodlands have allegedly existed since the last Ice Age.
When bluebells bloom on the forest floor, Oxleas Wood could be a scene mistaken from a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.
In pre-Covid times, you could also discover Severndroog Castle nearby, which is a beautiful gothic castle that offers spectacular 360-degree views of the capital, hopefully this opens soon.
Nearest train station: Falconwood
A beautiful carpet of bluebells awaits you as you visit Wanstead Park in East London.
The best place to see the bluebells is in Chalet Wood, you can access this part of the park by entering from Warren Road where there are large areas of bluebells waiting to be discovered in Chalet Wood, with easy-access footpaths dotted all around.
Nearest train station: Wanstead Park
Richmond Park’s Isabella Plantation was first opened to the public in 1953 although the 40-acre garden has existed since the 1830s.
You can also find rare and unusual trees in this Victorian-style plantation.
A sea of bluebells line the woodland floor and there is even a footpath named Bluebell Walk, too.
You do not want to miss such a rare and exquisite site, which is a real beauty spot in West London.
Nearest train station: Richmond
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Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, bluebells are a protected species so please avoid digging them up from the ground.
Another thing to remember is to not stand on or crush bluebells, they are delicate and can take years to recover and grow back again.
Bluebells are commonly found in the UK, but are a rare find in the rest of the world, so do take up the privilege and to go and visit some over the next fortnight or two.
Have you seen any bluebells this year? Are there any new places in London where bluebells are growing? Send your pictures to Ruby at [email protected]