Ashridge Park, Hertfordshire, UK | National Trust Woodlands carpeted with English Bluebells in Spring (2 of 5)

Ashridge Park, Hertfordshire, UK

 

For a couple of weeks in May in each year, many of the woods in the UK are carpeted with English Bluebells. The ancient woodlands on the Ashridge Estate, managed by the UK’s National Trust, are home to one of the finest examples of massed flowering bluebells that are an icon of Spring in England. Here, the English landscape is transformed into a sea of blue – almost as far as the eye can see.

 

For only a few days, the sapphire of the bluebells is also contrasted with the emerald green colors from the newly emerging foliage of the beech trees in the spring landscape – a natural gem from Mother Nature. Soon the foliage is thick enough to obscure the light and the blue flowers will be gone for another year.

 

Location: Ashridge Forest visitors centre is located at Moneybury Hill, Ringshall, Berkhamsted, Herts, HP4 1LT, England. UK Map references: OSGB36 Grid ref: SP9787512526, SP978125, Map Tile Ref: SP91SE44. Some of the best displays of bluebells are located in Dockey Wood, Ashridge (see geotags attached to these photos for precise location).

 

Links: More details about Ashridge Park and Woodlands are available from the National Trust website.

 

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Taken in May 2010