We've had quite the cold and wet start to May after a dry spell in late April. With flurries of snow and hail at times, we've worn our winter coats for much longer this year, but the weather has certainly helped the flowers to start blooming around the gardens here at Trentham!
The oak and beech woodland of King’s Wood created by centuries of landscape management are a rich and rare habitat type at risk in modern western Europe covering only 2.5% of the UK. Ancient woods are irreplaceable. We cannot replace the complex biodiversity of ancient woods which has accumulated over hundreds of years. Many species that thrive in ancient woodland are slow to colonise. All ancient woodlands are unique and are distinctive. Once what little we have left is gone, it’s gone for good.
Our native bluebell, Hyacinthoides non-scripta, are a sight not to be missed here in our ancient woodlands, fleetingly here for only a few weeks. Millions of bulbs create scented violet-blue carpets that are such a springtime joy to walk through.