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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, purple-blue colour 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 around 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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  1. how heavenly!

    May 19, 2014
    • They are so pretty, pity that they only last for such a short amount of time though!

      May 22, 2014
  2. Beautiful! I LOVE bluebells :-)

    May 19, 2014
    • Me too, they’ve got such a delicate beauty.

      May 22, 2014
  3. Like a fairy land.

    May 19, 2014
    • It is isn’t it, you can imagine a whole miniature world going on between the bluebells!

      May 22, 2014
  4. 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! :)

    May 19, 2014
    • How funny, it’s unusual to find anyone who’s heard of the Forest of Dean, let alone visited!

      May 22, 2014
    • 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 :)

      May 22, 2014
  5. Sam #

    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.

    May 19, 2014
    • Glad to bring back some memories from home, even if they do make you a bit homesick!

      May 22, 2014
  6. Our For-get-me-nots are out. They tend to grow all over too. Very pretty there in Gloucestershire.
    Leslie

    May 19, 2014
    • Forget-me-nots are beautiful too, I do love blue flowers!

      May 22, 2014
  7. 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.

    May 19, 2014
    • 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.

      May 22, 2014
  8. Reblogged this on Disconnected Landscapes.

    May 19, 2014
  9. The bluebells are delightful. Thanks for sharing them with us. Happy Spring!

    May 20, 2014
    • Thanks Darlene, and happy spring to you too!

      May 22, 2014
  10. Beautiful! I love the color!

    May 20, 2014
    • Fantastic isn’t it, especially how they all merge together into a sea of blue on the forest floor.

      May 22, 2014
  11. 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) :)

    May 20, 2014
    • It does, doesn’t it! It would be a great place for a performance of it.

      May 22, 2014
  12. Stunning colour! Enjoyed your post

    May 22, 2014
  13. beautiful place i love to walk and feel the beauty

    May 24, 2014
    • Thanks, yes it’s lovely to get out among nature and soak up the beauty!

      May 27, 2014
  14. 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!

    June 4, 2014
    • It’s easy to forget how many gorgeous places there are in the UK – though Sydney’s pretty stunning too!

      June 4, 2014

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