Attention: You are using an outdated browser, device or you do not have the latest version of JavaScript downloaded and so this website may not work as expected. Please download the latest software or switch device to avoid further issues.

News > Landscape And Nature News > Bluebell Season

Bluebell Season

Many Old Princethorpians will have fond memories of bluebell season and the wonderful ancient woodland adjoining the Mile Walk that encircles the College grounds.

Many Old Princethorpians will have fond memories of bluebell season and the wonderful ancient woodland adjoining the Mile Walk that encircles the College grounds. At this special time of year the woods are carpeted with thousands of bluebells; their heady scent and intense colour truly dazzling to the senses.

We’re pleased to see the sheep back in the field by the drive accompanied by their lively new offspring, who are literally full of the joys of spring and our personal favourite the cows have taken up residence again in the field below Switzerland with two beautiful calves. It is so good to see nature carrying on as it has for generations in our beautiful setting.

Here are some fact about bluebells that you might enjoy:
1. The bluebell has many names: English bluebell, wild hyacinth, wood bell, bell bottle, Cuckoo’s Boots, Wood Hyacinth, Lady’s Nightcap and Witches’ Thimbles, Hyacinthoides non-scripta
2. It is against the law to intentionally pick, uproot or destroy bluebells
3. If you plant bluebells, you should make sure it's the English bluebell, not the Spanish version. This is a more vigorous plant and could out-compete our delicate native flower
4. Almost half the world's bluebells are found in the UK, they’re relatively rare in the rest of the world
5. Bluebell colonies take a long time to establish - around 5-7 years from seed to flower.
6. Bluebells can take years to recover after footfall damage. If a bluebell’s leaves are crushed, they die back from lack of food as the leaves cannot photosynthesise. 

Photo gallery

To view this News Article

Similar stories

View across Princethorpe's grounds. Taken by Alex Darkes in 2010.

Since we can't get out into nature in our usual way, I thought that I would bring nature to you in the form of beautiful programmes and evocative descriptions from the girls at St … More...

As part of the school's 75th Anniversary celebrations, we are delighted to confirm that we will be holding a Diamond Ann… More...

Princethorpe College's plans for a new Science Centre have taken a major step forward with planning now granted, the lau… More...

Most read

Our newest Old Princethorpians marked the end of their time at Princethorpe College in style. More...

The Sister Boniface Mysteries premiered in the UK on Friday 11 March. More...

Have your say

 
This website is powered by
ToucanTech