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Bluebell Watch at Epping

Wednesday 1st April 2015

Isn’t nature’s a wonderful thing!

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Our beautiful woodland will soon burst into a beautiful carpet of bluebells.  As this amazing transformation from emerald green to deep violet blue takes place we would like to invite you to take part in our annual Bluebell Watch.

Visit the park any time between now and the end of April with your camera and watch these delightful little flowers force their way up through last year’s leaves.

Share your photos with us and we will keep a diary in our gallery below and on our  Facebook page for everyone to enjoy.   It really is a sight not to be missed!

In the meantime, while we wait for these delightful little flowers to put in an appearance we thought we’d share some interesting facts about bluebells.

Did you know…?

  • The easiest way to tell the difference between native and non-native bluebells is to look at the colour of the pollen. If it is creamy-white then the bluebell is definitely native. If it is any other colour, such as pale green or blue, then it is not native
  • Bees can ‘steal’ nectar from bluebells by biting a hole in the bottom of the bell. This allows them to reach the nectar without pollinating the flower
  • During the Bronze Age, people used bluebell glue to attach feathers to their arrows
  • The Victorians used starch from crushed bluebells to stiffen the ruffs of their collars and sleeves
  • Bluebell sap was used to bind pages to the spines of books
  • Legend has it that a field of bluebells is intricately woven with fairy enchantments

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Our first sighting - 15th April 2015

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