Two weekends ago (yes, I know… I’m a bit late!) Mr. M and I took a trip out to the woods to look for bluebells. We visited two different woods just outside Cambridge, both of which are looked after by the wildlife trust.
Hayley wood is an ancient woodland, first mentioned in writing in 1251, made up of ash, maple, oak and hazel. It is coppiced to let in light and to encourage the growth of wild flowers and shrub layers. When we visited it was exceptionally quiet, with only a few other people around. The noisiest things that we heard were the trees creaking and the birds. It’s a really peaceful place with a slightly magical atmosphere – you can’t help but feel that you aren’t alone in there and there was a little part of me that felt like I was trespassing on somebody else’s space.
Waresley and Gransden Woods are adjoining ancient oak-ash woods with a completely different feel to them. We had thought that the bluebells in Hayley wood were impressive, but there were so many more here – great swathes of blue carpeting the forest floor.