Brighten up your Bank Holiday by visiting Surrey’s stunning bluebells
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The bank holiday season is in full steam– and Surrey residents don’t have to go far to discover one of nature’s most stunning spectacles.
Did you know that the UK is home to half of the world’s population of bluebells and that, under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 they are protected?
Seas of these iconic flowers – a key symbol of an ancient wood – have recently sprung up in woods across the county.
Bluebells generally start to appear in April but May is the optimum time to see them in all their glory – good job we’ve got a nice long weekend coming up then!
You can find your nearest bluebell wood at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods but as we’re such a helpful lot here at Seymours Estate Agents, we’ve listed our top five favourite Surrey spots to find bluebells here:
From late April a carpet of bluebells covers the arboretum floor while perfuming the woodland air, thriving in the dappled sunlight of the coppiced areas at Winkworth, near Farnham.
The blue carpet of flowers may have been one of the reasons Margaret Greville got so many visitors to her Great Bookham home during the spring months. The house may well be grand but the bluebells that surround it are equally magnificent.
Little Wix Wood
Regarded by some as the best place in Surrey to see bluebells, Little Wix Wood can be found at the heart of the National Trust’s Hatchlands Park in East Clandon, on the outskirts of Guildford.
A great one to take the kids along to, thanks to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe trail which continues to entertain visitors big and small, Banstead Woods, near Chipstead is thought to once have been owned by Anne Boleyn and is a site of Special Scientific Interest.
Numerous walks are available including the Painshill Historic route and the Painshill accessible route, which not only take in the beautiful bluebells and lake but also the many intriguing follies at this beautiful park in Cobham. Don’t forget to stop at the Temple of Bacchus, set to reopen this spring/summer following a major restoration.