The Bluebell Wood is a beautiful native woodland that is abundant with bluebells in April and May. Established two hundred years ago by renowned naturalist Robert Marsham, the wood originally formed part of Stratton Strawless Hall. This area is a treasure trove of native British woodland trees and wildlife. Oak, hazel, chestnut and hornbeams provide a lush canopy under which to stroll. Dappled sunlight reaches through the trees to the woodland floor where ferns and mosses thrive. The Bluebell Wood was the inspiration for the Park as a whole, and as such is a habitat we are really proud to welcome you to.
As you might expect, this sort of habitat is a real draw to wildlife, with birds such as nuthatches, tree creepers, thrush, blue tits, great tits, robins and wrens feeding on the rich insect life. Highlights of the year include bluebells in April and May, with snowdrops coming through earlier in February. The lush ferns in the summer give way to fungi in the autumn, meaning there is always something of interest at any time of the year.
All the burial plots in this wood are double depth for two persons. Plots are arranged in a circular pattern around large specimen trees, making a truly unique final resting place for burial or ash interment.
Wooden benches are positioned alongside the pathways providing places for quiet reflection. These can be sponsored to provide a memorial for someone, as can bird and bat boxes that are popular with our winged visitors.