The happy relationship between humans and bluebells is nowhere more evident than here at Blackwood Forest. The glossy green leaves of our bluebells normally appear from the middle of March. Most years, by mid-April they are opening their intense cobalt flowers and capturing the sun through the dappled canopy of the tall beech trees. This year they are about 2 weeks early, owing to our mild winter, and the carpet of blue is already starting to show in areas of the forest.
The woodland at Blackwood Forest is carefully managed, with trees being thinned out periodically to allow others chance to strengthen and grow. This allows more light through to the forest floor and in this dappled shade the bluebells thrive, bringing visitors to the woods every spring to witness their beauty.
As Forest Ranger I educate guests about conservation and what they can do to help. I also participate in many environmental projects from species surveys to habitat management. I feel very much like a guardian of this small part of the natural world, and like you, I want to see that heart-stirring carpet of bluebells return every spring for evermore.