The recent crappy weather almost made me forget about the bluebells, but luckily we went for a walk to #stokewoods and the sudden blue carpet made us stop spontaneously. What a difference a few weeks make…. They are now everywhere in full bloom.
Head in before they disappear!!
Fun facts about bluebells:
-Bluebells are also called ‘fairy flowers.’ According to an old myth fairies used bluebells to lure and trap people passing by in the woods – especially children.
-Another myth is that if you wear a wreath of bluebells you will be compelled to tell the truth.
-Almost half the world’s bluebells are found in the UK, they’re relatively rare in the rest of the world. There is a Spanish variant too
-Bluebells are protected under law in UK. If you dig up and sell a wild bluebell you can be fined £5000 per bulb.
-It takes at least five years for a bluebell seed to grow into a bulb. Bluebell colonies take a long time to establish
-it take years to recover after footfall damage. If a bluebell’s leaves are crushed, they die back from lack of food as the leaves cannot photosynthesise
Moral of the story: Please don’t step on them
🗺 Address: Stoke Woods Car Park, OX27 8RS
📅 Check the season/days for bluebells
🚘 Parking free but on busy days, you may struggle to find spaces
🚻 No toilets or baby facilities
🍕 No refreshments
🧺 Picnics possible but not the best place to have one
🦽Buggy accessible if you kept to the path
🐕 Dogs welcome
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