Original article from Kent Live
Seeing bluebells scattered along a grassy verge or carpeting a woodland floor has to be a highlight of any spring walk.
These delicate blooms can be found across Western Europe, but about half of the world’s population is right here in the UK.
Explore the Kent countryside in spring and you can find them in their thousands – if you know where to look.
The blooming date for bluebells varies depending on the weather, but you can usually expect to see them in April and May.
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And with spring just around the corner they are about the burst into full bloom.
There are plenty of stunning places to enjoy bluebells in Kent this season, here are some of our favourite spots.
Where : Mote Road, Ivy Hatch, Sevenoaks, TN15 0NT
Swathes of bluebells can be found in Scathes Wood, running alongside the driveway.
The ancient woodland is home to around 15 acres carpeted in the distinctive blue colour of spring.
Scathes Wood is well-known location for the best bluebell walk due to the sheer scale of the flowers and their amazing scent. Pick up an estate walks leaflet for suggested self-guided routes along the springtime trails.
Where : Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, TN14 6BA
Emmetts is renowned for its marvellous spring colour each year.
From approximately mid-April to mid-May, the floors of the woodland will be turned into a carpet of blue as the bluebells come into bloom.
The woods are an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) due to the English native bluebells that grow in them, giving the bluebells a special protected status.
Hole Park Gardens
Where: Rolvenden, Cranbrook, TN17 4JA
The gardens are a hot spot for bluebells and the estate is known as one of the best places to see bluebells in the county.
Seating on the circular bluebell walk also offers a quiet time to reflect and enjoy the intense carpet of blue during the spring months.
Visitors can now see an array of spring colour including magnolias, narcissus, camelia and meadows full of primroses, fritillaries and wood anemones.
Where: Sevenoaks, TN15 0RP
Knole is the perfect place from which to set off to One Tree Hill, where the heady scent of English Bluebells fills the woodland.
One Tree Hill consists of a varied mosaic of habitats, with woodland and open glades, providing homes for some rare wildlife species too.
Most of the area lies within an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), and it is also within the Kent's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
This means the beautiful woodland protects the precious flora and fauna – including the bluebells – for all to enjoy.
Oare Gunpowder Works
Where: Western Link, Faversham ME13 7UD
Among the rich patchwork of habitats of wetland, woodland and open glades, bluebells are emerge in spring.
As well as bluebells be sure to keep an eye out for the birds, bats and amphibians that also call this park home.
Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Where : Biddenden Road, Cranbrook, TN17 2AB
Venture into the woodland and be rewarded with around 126million individual bluebell flowers.
Spot them extending outwards from the earth beneath the trees, also bursting with other wild flowers from Wood Anemones to Cuckoo Flower, Red Campion and Greater Stitchwort – all trying to establish themselves before the tree canopy closes.
In the garden, made world famous by its creators Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, the wall flowers, tulips and narcissus are ablaze in the cottage garden and along lime walk.