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FULL BLOOM: Bluebells in Chalfont attract walkers to ancient woods

 Published on: 10th May 2021   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

Nature lovers can enjoy a walk through the woods in Chalfont and see the floor carpeted with bluebells at this time of year.

Bluebells have flowered a little later this year due to the weather, but despite this, many locals have been enjoying brightening up people’s social media feeds by uploading lovely pictures of the bell-shaped flowers.

Bluebells are associated with ancient woodland and are often used in combination with other species as a clue that a wood is ancient.

They are protected under the Countryside Act (1981) this means digging up the plant or bulb in the countryside is prohibited and landowners cannot remove bluebells from their land to sell.

Chalfont St Peter residents have been enjoying the enchanting Leachcroft Woods.

They have described the smell of bluebells as “sublime”.

For those wondering how to get there, one local said: “If you go left way around Leachcroft, pull up at the first cul de sac, walk into the woods. Do a left, walk into the little field, walk right across and down into the big field and then straight ahead of you from the big field is my favourite spot.”

Another person took to social media and commented: “Many happy memories of The Ashbeds  wood in Leachcroft.

“Played for hours there during the 50’s and 60’s. Lucky to have them adjacent to the houses.”

Some residents have also uploaded images of the bluebells down Welders Lane in Chalfont St Peter.

Westwood Park in Little Chalfont is another popular destination for dog walkers.

Usually, this park has beds of bluebells in April and May. There are also woods from where people can head on longer walks to Chenies or to Latimer by River Chess.

One thing people may not know is that almost half of the world’s bluebells are found in the UK – making them a relatively rare sight for the rest of the world.

Picture credit Jenny Cassidy

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