Bluebells

The perfect time to see beautiful English bluebells blossom across Milton Keynes is from mid-April to late May during Spring season. While this flower is native to western Europe, the United Kingdom is home to about half the world’s population of bluebells. This vibrant wildflower does important work providing food for pollinating woodland insects while also creating a great sight to be seen throughout our ancient woodlands.

Bluebells are ancient woodland indicators: a beautiful reminder as to how long these areas have been wooded and largely undisturbed as these flowers don’t readily colonise new areas. However, the English bluebell is under threat from the Spanish bluebell- its stronger, non-native cousin. You can help ensure survival of this flower by planting only bulbs of the native variety in your garden and by remaining on marked paths throughout woodlands on your spring walks as they can be easily damaged.

You should be able to spot the bluebells in any of our 3 ancient woodlands: Howe Park Wood, Shenley Wood or Linford Wood.

The video above showcases how magical our woodlands look, with the addition of bluebells, at springtime.


  • Did you know?

    This species is a slow grower, taking at least five years for a seed to develop into a bulb.

  • Scientific name: hyacinthoides non-scripta

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