Get ready for bluebells at Sheffield Park

Little girl in the bluebell woods
Little girl in the bluebell woods

The sight and scent of bluebells covering a woodland floor on a warm spring day is one of the most magical experiences nature can offer, the National Trust says.

The Trust reveals one of the top places to enjoy a day out amongst the bluebells is Sheffield Park and Garden where delicate heads of English bluebells emerge in copses, carpet clearings and under canopies of trees and shrubs. The bluebells enhance and contrast with the naturalised planting in the historic gardens and its wider parkland, creating a spectacular spring show.

Andy Jesson, park head gardener, said: “From disaster comes hope; the loss of many trees in the storms of 1987 and 1990 increased light levels around the garden. This means that swathes of bluebells are now a prominent feature. Spot them to the left of Auckland Walk and the gated copses on the parkland.”

There will be a guided walk to see carpets of bluebells in the garden and lesser known parts of the estate from 11am-1pm on Wednesdays, April 29 and 2-4pm on May 6. To book ring: 01825 790302.

With over half the global population of bluebells flowering on UK shores, Britain’s beautiful blue spring is a quintessential part of our native landscape. A quarter of The National Trust’s woodland is ancient or semi-natural; the ideal habitats for bluebells to flourish.

Naturalist Matthew Oates said: “Bluebells start growing in January with a sole purpose to flower before the other woodland plants. However, timing of flowering depends on elevation, latitude, aspect, soils, geology and local climate conditions – they depend on warm ground conditions to help them grow. The true beauty of our bluebells - the intense blue colour, the delicate scent, the view - makes them an essential and special element to our springtime experience”.

Half of the world’s population of bluebells is in the UK although they are at risk of disappearing as a result of hybridising with the scentless non-native Spanish bluebell which were often planted in gardens.