The bluebells are now carpeting the ancient woods of Stansted.  It has to be one of my favourite times of the year – the colours are incredible, and if you get the chance to visit the bluebells, find a tree to sit under and enjoy the scent and the sounds.  Spring is in the birdsong, beech leaves, wild flowers and you can smell the earth waking up. The bluebell is a favourite flower of the bumblebee which acts as chief pollinator.

The wild garlic is abundent and there should be some St Georges Mushrooms popping up after the next rain – and if you are into your foraging then now is a good time to spot future harvests.  You can easily see the wild cherry blossom or the blackthorn before the leaves are fully out – so mark your spots and come back in the Autumn to gather the fruits.