ONE reward for the recent unseasonably cold, wet weather is the later appearance of bluebells at Arlington Bluebell Walk near Hailsham.
This means the ancient wood will now stay open for a week longer than usual - until May 20.
“It is wonderful to hear that we have another week to visit this amazing wood, knowing that the bluebells will still look fabulous as the cold weather has kept them at their best. I am so excited to be able to come again,” said a Friend of the Arlington Bluebell Walk.
Those good people at Bluebell Walk are patriotic and if you know your bluebells, you will see they only boast original English native bluebells in the ancient wood. No Spanish varieties in sight.
Bluebell Walk is also unique in that every year charities are sponsored through the bluebell season – this year 18 charities have taken it in turn to provide walkers with food and drink.
Over the past 40 years since opening to the public, they calculate they have raised more than £215,000 for 60 local charities - more than £500,000 at today’s values.
As well as the unrivalled 23-acre bluebell wood, there are also eight different walks available over three working farms.
Visitors can get close to farm animals, watch cows being milked, enjoy glimpses of wild animals and flowers amidst beautiful views of the South Downs.
The walks are suitable for all, including those with walking difficulties, who can be helped with free disability scooters. Dogs are also most welcome, on leads.
While at the Bluebell Walk you could join the Friends of Arlington Bluebell Walk , take a photo and enter a photographic competition, ‘Paint Me a Bluebell’ or enter a Children’s Quiz.
The walk is open every day until Sunday May 20 from 10am till 5pm.
For more information contact Tim La Haye on 07876 232371 or visit www.bluebellwalk.co.uk