Autumn is now upon us and as the summer draws to an end, many plants are completing their yearly cycle which in turn effects the lives of our native wildlife species.  The trees will begin to reduce the chlorophyll in their leaves, which is responsible for their lush green appearance and the trace chemicals that remain create the vibrant colours of autumn, that we are all so familiar with.  The abundance of seeds and fruits at this time of year, see our wildlife being resourceful and making use of this yearly provision, fattening up and storing supplies for the harsh months of winter which follow.

The meadows at the Park have recently been cut as their respective species have all now seeded. Cutting annually is proving to be successful ensuring the many species of birds, mammals, reptiles and insect life that rely on this habitat are able to establish themselves too.  Norfolk Bluebell Wood is operating a cut and collect policy to reduce the nitrates and fertility of the soil. Wildflower species do much better in low nutrient soil.  Where the fertility is high, grasses and other species quickly get established and dominate,  outcompeting most of the more favourable wildflower species. Collecting the cut grass is also important as this can lay quite heavy producing a thick thatch low down in the meadow structure, thus preventing the seeds of other species making contact with the soil restricting germination and growth for the following year.  Together with Ian Howard, a local cattle farmer, who uses the majority of the hay for winter feed, and our small team we have managed to complete the annual cut over the past three weeks, with the help of some dry weather.

 

          

 

We have taken the decision to introduce rhinanthus minor, the yellow rattle as this is parasitic to grass, reducing its virility by up to 60%, allowing for an up lift in diversity in the years to come.  500 daffodil bulbs are also being planted this year as we aim to add another species of interest. Narcissus pseudonarcissus is the correct botanical name for the native wild daffodil.  The petals are pale yellow with a bright yellow trumpet with the overall plant being squat in stature, allowing them to be more robust in open areas.

Autumn can often be a very pleasant time to get out and see nature with temperatures ideal for walking, along with crisp clear mornings and some beautiful sunsets, so get your walking boots on and come and visit us at the Park.

 

 

 

  • A peaceful place to be with your thoughts surrounded by nature. The Woodland Walk a carpet of Bluebells, such a wonderful sight. Looking forward to my next visit. TP
  • A real treasure. The carpet of bluebells are breathtaking. You must visit it to really appreciate the place. The benches are perfect for a quiet 10 minute reflection and listening to the birds. HM
  • This is a beautiful natural option for people. The setting is fabulous and the staff couldn't be more helpful. Well done. HD
  • What a wonderful part of our planet. So calm and peaceful. Mrs S
  • Beautiful bluebell walk with lovely easy access. The dog and I loved it LM
  • Absolutely fantastic, Matthew went above and beyond to cater for me and my partner, fantastic service during a difficult time, would recommend to anyone, thank you BR
  • Everyone is so helpful throughout the whole process of finding a lovely resting place for my mums ashes Thank you to the entire bluebell woods family xxx SB
  • The service Matt and all the other members of staff is exceptional. Just popping in for a walk you are always made welcome. Events like the Bluebell Walk and the Dove Release make it all the more special. Excellent place to go.and reflect. TM
  • What a perfectly peaceful and natural setting this woodland site is & the owners and staff are so friendly and helpful. The woodland walk, when the bluebells are in full bloom, is a breathtaking sight to behold. Whether you want to discuss a final resting place in a natural setting or would just like a peaceful walk in the fresh air, this is the place to go. JB
  • I just wanted to say than you for all your help organising the funeral. Matt was so kind and helped answer all the family's questions. We couldn't wish for a more beautiful plot for Melanie than in the Bluebell Woods. It's a wonderful place to come and reflect. Jack Berrens

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Hainford, Norfolk, NR10 3BG