The best Woodland Trust bluebell woods in the south east of England

The United Kingdom’s largest woodland conservation charity cares for more than a thousand native woods, making it one of the most important organisations for native bluebell colonies.

Bluebells bloom in April and May before the woodland canopy closes but are sensitive plants and take at least five years to establish and colonise.

The Trust is appealing for visitors to its bluebell woods to enjoy the natural splendour this spring, while being careful not to destroy any flowers by sticking to proper paths and keeping dogs on leads.

The guidelines are part of the Woodland Trust’s Love Your Woods campaign which is encouraging people to help protect woods and nature for the future.

Visitors can play their part by following some simple advice, including staying on paths, taking dog mess and litter home and protecting wildlife by keeping dogs close and staying fire free.

Woodland Trust assistant conservation officer Sally Bavin said visitors to the charity’s numerous sites are welcome as “everyone should have the chance to enjoy the spectacular spring-time sight of a bluebell-carpeted woodland”.

But she said it is vital we do all we can to look after bluebells for future generations.

“Bluebells are often found in ancient woodlands because large colonies take so long to establish. The early blooms provide an important source of pollen and nectar for emerging insects.

“But many ancient woodlands where bluebells were found have been destroyed over the years, so the special places which remain are extremely precious. It is vital for us to safeguard these.”

Here are a selection of some of the best bluebell woods the Woodland Trust has to offer in the south east of England:

South East England Denge & Pennypot Wood, Garlinge Green Chartham Denge & Pennypot Wood – Woodland Trust
Dering Wood, Pluckley, Kent Dering Wood – Visiting Woods – Woodland Trust
Harpsden & Peveril Woods Harpsden & Peveril Woods – Visiting Woods – Woodland Trust
Hucking Estate, Hollingbourne, Kent Hucking Estate – Visiting Woods – Woodland Trust
Hurst Wood, Tunbridge Wells, Kent Hurst Wood – Woodland Trust
Penn Wood, Buckinghamshire Penn Wood – Visiting Woods – Woodland Trust