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Bluebell Woods

Dockey Wood at National Trust Ashridge Estate


The Ashridge Estate is a huge woodland in the Chiltern Hills owned by the National Trust with over 2,000 acres of atmospheric woodland.

Ashridge is famous for its spring display of bluebells, which cover large areas of the forest floor, and is amongst the finest in the UK. The most impressive display of bluebells is in the small area of Dockey Wood.


Bluebells growing in spring with flowers in violet-blue, white or even pink.

The shoots emerge from early January, before trees’ leaves block a large proportion of the available sunlight.

The drooping, blue bell shaped flowers, which give the plant its most common name, appear from April to June.

Blue Bells are known under many other names which include Auld Man’s Bell, Jacinth, Wilde Hyacinte and Wood Bells.


Bridget Davey Photography


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Taken on April 25, 2011