Spring is Bluebell season, and every year these beautiful flowers cover the floors of woodland across the country. Almost half of the world’s Bluebells are found in the UK, making them pretty rare elsewhere and it’s no wonder it’s one of our most loved wildflowers, their carpet-like displays of blue are a spectacle to see.
Bluebells usually flower from late March into May allowing them to make the most of the sunlight before the woodland canopy becomes too dense.
Bluebells are an indicator of ancient woodlands and we are fortunate to have quite a few grow here on site and next door in the Churchyard of All Saints church. If you’re staying at Mallory Meadows or you’re in the local area do take a visit and you will see some pretty blue and white bluebells. The white bluebell is a genetic mutation and it’s estimated there is 10,000 blue to each 1 white bluebell!
Bluebells are Protected.
As a protected wildflower under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, it’s against the law to pick, uproot or destroy bluebells. Do take great care when walking around them, they take years to recover from being trampled on. If leaves are crushed they cannot photosynthesise and will die from lack of food.
Fascinating Bluebell folklore.
There are many folklore tales surrounding Bluebells, also known as ‘Fairy flowers’, ‘Witches thimbles’, and ‘Cuckoo’s boots’. Many of the tales involve fairy magic and it’s believed Bluebell woods are enchanted by fairies trying to trap humans. It’s said if you pick a bluebell you would be trapped or led astray by fairies.
Bluebells are toxic, but over the years they have been used for various things. The sap is sticky and was used to bind books and stick feathers to arrows. During the Elizabethan period, bluebell bulbs were used to make starch for sleeves, collars and ruffs. Ingenious!
Where can I see Bluebells locally?
So grab your wellies & coat and get exploring this spring! Head out to our top 5 Bluebell Woods listed below.
Calke Abbey – 20 Miles / approx 35 min drive
Willesey Woods – 16 Miles / approx 28 min drive
Swithland Wood – 12 Miles / approx 24 min drive
Borough woods – 8 Miles / approx 17 min drive
Burbage Common – 5 miles / approx 10 min drive