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“I loved the wood, the vale, the stream, For there my boyhood used to dream”

John Clare

Oxlip Wood in Spring

It’s almost magical to wander through the wood at this time of year, relishing the discovery of Primroses and the occasional False Oxlip.

During late April the floor of the wood begins to take on a tinge of blue, which develops in intensity over following weeks until the full splendour of the Bluebells is apparent.

Swathes of thick white flowers cover several areas, marking out the areas of wild garlic. The leaves are delicious in salad, if picked whilst still young and tender.

 

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