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Welcome to the Bluebell Wood website. We hope you will find the site helpful and informative, both from a historical, ecological and management point of view. For more information about the various aspects of the woodland use the links.

What's in a name?

Bluebell Wood is the local name for Blagden and Lowtons Copses and stems from the display of bluebells in the spring. The woodland covers some 56 acres (22ha) and is Privately owned although there is public access over most of the woodland.

Bluebell Wood is a very important part of the local area both for its beauty in the spring and the sheer number of species the woodland holds.

Although many people think of the woodland as wild wood it has in fact been managed for may hundreds if not thousands of years. From archaeological features found in the woodland it looks as if it may have been used as farmland in the Bronze or Iron Ages meaning that this is secondary woodland, probably dating from as late as Saxon times. For more information on the history and archaeology of Bluebell Wood click on link to the left of your screen.

As part of the management of Bluebell Wood, Wesnet Services Ltd in conjunction with the Bluebell Wood Volunteer Group have been carrying out a flora survey. This has revealed that there are at least 40 Ancient Woodland Vascular Plant (AWVP) species present. The presence of these plants indicates the age of a woodland; the more plants on the AWVP list the older the woodland. The considered opinion of the experts is if you have more than 20 the woodland is extremely old and important to the local landscape.

Using the information gained from both the plant survey and other surveys, the following management objectives for the woodland have been set.

  • Conservation
  • Sustainable timber production
  • Amenity

If you visit Bluebell Wood please remember it is woodland under threat not from development, but from human pressure so please keep to the paths and help the woods to stay looking good for the future.