One of the really great things about living in Ealing is that we really have the best of all worlds. A bustling city and excellent transport for short commutes, as well as a whole host of green spaces and gorgeous days out just a short trip away.
At this time of year, there are few more glorious sights than carpets of bluebells in the sunshine, and there are a couple of places not very far away, where you can escape the bustle and have a wander amongst springtime nature – and now is the perfect time to visit!
Long Wood (Locally known as The Bluebell Wood)
Situated between Osterley Park and Hanwell is an oasis of springtime calm, despite being a mere stone throw away from the M4.
As you might expect from somewhere named ‘Bluebell Wood’ the striking main feature is the carpeting of bluebell flowers across the grounds, but there are all manner of birds and animals scurrying around which you can watch if you remain still and quiet – it can be a really nice break from the fast-pace associated with city living.
Osterley Park and House
Just a couple of miles drive away is Osterley Park and House, free for National Trust members. The house and park are beautiful to explore, but if it’s bluebells you are after then you’re in for a treat.
The spectacular displays of bluebells grow around the Long Walk and the Great Meadow, which they like because the ground has rarely, if ever, been disturbed.
To learn more about the bluebells (including facts: did you know bluebell stalks used to be used to make glue?) at Osterley please visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/osterley-park-and-house/features/bluebell-walks-at-osterley
Is there somewhere you like to go to wander amongst the bluebells locally? If so, please do let us know! The Northfields team all reside locally, and we’d love new recommendations for beautiful spring walks.