Bluebells in Hertfordshire – Gobions Wood, Brookmans Park
Looking to find spring bluebells in Hertfordshire? We visited Gobions Wood in Brookmans Park yesterday to see the bluebells. The girls and I visited there last April and were eager to return this year (and take daddy this time).
We struggled a bit to find them without grandad’s expert help. Fortunately, the dog walkers who frequent the woods were very helpful in pointing us in the right way.
There are patches of bluebells all around but when you come to the main place where they are growing, there’s a beautiful blue carpet of flowers, it really is quite spectacular!
We found plenty of logs to balance on, sticks and pine cones to pick up, fungi (over 500 species!) to spot along the way too. As well as these carved wooden chairs where you can take a break. The girls sat in them with their fairy books that they had insisted on bringing.
Seren had her “Flower Fairies” book and Imogen rummaged around to find a ballet book that she knew had a bluebell mention in. In addition, she brought along a Rainbow Fairy book for the blue fairy. Towards the end of our adventure we sat on a bench and read through the flower fairy poems of the flowers we had seen, including the The Bluebell Fairy,
My hundred thousand bells of blue,
The splendour of the Spring,
They carpet all the woods anew
With royalty of sapphire hue;
I even managed to get in front of the camera which is a rare thing!
I’m impressed with Imogen’s recognition of flowers and trees. She was thrilled when we got home and she realised we had a few bluebells in the garden. Nothing like the amount in the woods though!
Other Bluebell Woods in North London / Hertfordshire
Highgate Wood, Hampstead Heath, Wanstead Park, Gutteridge Woods (Ruislip).
Ashridge Estate (beautiful National Trust estate and Visitor Centre near Berkhamstead), Heartwood Forest (near St Albans), Hitch Wood (near Hitchin), Longspring Wood (near Kings Langley), Pryors Wood (Stevenage),
Wormley Wood / Nut Wood (Broxbourne), Sherrardspark Wood and Tewin Orchard (both near Welwyn Garden City).
About Hue Me Happy
Hue Me Happy is about finding the little rays of sunlight that help keep a sense of balance in every day life. For me these are cups of lovely coffee, a house or garden filled with flowers, time to think and be creative, being outdoors, wine infused evenings with friends and mini-adventures that take me outside of the normal routine. I’m Sian, a 40-something Mancunian mama living in north London.
First published in April 2017.