Why Bluebells are worth celebrating

Bluebells yesterday (28th April) in Woolley Wood
Bluebells yesterday (28th April) in Woolley Wood

The bluebells are performing for the Bluebell Festival on Saturday. Hooray!

Carpets of bluebells are unique to the British Isles. They are what’s known as ‘indicator species’ for ancient woodland, as it takes hundreds of years for large populations of bluebells to form beneath the tree canopy. It is an intriguing thought that the first bluebell in Woolley Woods my have grown during the English Civil War, or even as the glaciers were retreating from Great Britain after the last Ice Age.

Whether Woolley wood’s bluebells are 350 or 10,000 years old, they are precious, beautiful and unique, and are worth looking after.

See you on Saturday!

Catherine

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Spring in the Woods at Ecclesall

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View from the office in Ecclesall Woods

I sit here typing at the Discovery Centre in Ecclesall Woods. The weather is glorious – out the window I can see new larch needles glowing against a blue sky and  cotton tufts of cherry blossom decorating bare branches. The snow bound articulated lorry stranded on our drive seems a long time ago…

I’ve been busy setting up for our open day this Sunday  – Spring in the Woods.  We’ve got pole lathes and ceramics and pizza and music and childrens activities and lots more, so come and join us!spring 15

But don’t forgot the bluebells the week after!

Long bows in the storm

Shaving the beams in the sunshine
Shaving the beams in the sunshine

An exciting two days – the first day we braved the weather in the woods. Bows were shaped below thunder and hail. The second day the Wincobank 61st Scouts kindly lent us their scout house, where the access to shelter and a kettle was well received. 8 bows were crafted, one broke whilst stringing – such is the nature of wood. The level of skill from the young people was impressive, and the perseverance despite adversity was something they should be very proud of. I think we have met some of the crafts people of the future!

The bows will be tested at the Bluebell festival on the 2nd May