Spring has well and truly sprung

Beauty of the bluebells
Beauty of the bluebells

The Arlington Bluebell Walk team will open their enchanted ancient woodland to the public from Thursday, April 9, until May 10 (10am-5pm).

Everyone is welcome to attend the opening event at 10am when Hailsham Town Crier Geoff Rowe will formally open the gates.

A woodland walk among a carpet of bluebells is an experience to delight all the senses

John McCutchan

All those there on the day will be offered a glass of hedgerow cordial to toast the start of the bluebell season.

The Arlington Bluebell Walk, which takes in three working farms, has raised thousands of pounds for Sussex charities since it first opened in 1972. There are seven different walks to try in the 23-acre Bluebell Wood, including the gravelled Blue Walk, which gives access to everyone including mobility scooters, wheelchairs and pushchairs. Mobility scooters are also available to borrow free of charge. Fifteen charities will take part in this year’s event, fundraising for different causes by providing food and drink to walkers.

Farmer John McCutchan, of Bates Green Farm near Hailsham, who created the walks, said, “Bluebells signify that spring has well and truly arrived and warmer weather is on its way. A woodland walk among a carpet of bluebells is an experience to delight all the senses – from the scent of the native bluebell to the crunch underfoot of old autumn leaves and birdsong up above.”

Photographers are encouraged to capture the sea of blue in the annual Arlington Bluebell Walk Photographic Competition. One of the winning entries will be featured on the front of the 2016 attraction leaflet.