Have a Blooming Good Time in the Woodlands

Forest Enterprise Scotland encourages everyone to celebrate the beginning of spring by visiting their local woodland.

Spring is the transition season between Winter and Summer, flowers re-appear, the temperature rises and wildlife comes out of hibernation.

The first flowers to mark the beginning of spring are snowdrops, a flower true to its name with white colouring and a head that ‘drops’ from the stem.

Believed to be a symbol of hope and purity due to its colouring, it is a herbaceous plant which means it has no wood stem above the ground and there are twenty recognised species in the world.

One of the best woodlands to stumble upon this wildflower is Castlemilk Park, they hold Snowdrop Strolls, where a wander through the woodland happens upon a snowdrift of snowdrops. They can also be found in forests, grasslands, close to streams and roads.

Julie McAlpine, Forest Enterprise Scotland’s Community Engagement and Employment Skills Manager, said:

“Snowdrops and Bluebells are a welcome sign that spring is approaching. We love this time of year because the woodlands get re-designed by the wildflowers with rich colours that carpet the forest floor. It changes the whole aesthetic of the woodlands and it feels as though you are walking through somewhere new."

Following the snowdrop is the bluebell, a flower with a purple-blue hue and shaped like a bell that droops towards the ground. The bluebell is one of the most well-known wild flowers in Britain and if you happen to cross upon a woodland covered in bluebells this is a sign that it is ancient.

In folklore bluebells were used by fairies to steal people, mainly children, and if you wore a bluebell wreath around your neck you were compelled to tell the truth.

To find bluebells head to Johnstone Wood where a wander through the paths can include a site of the blue hued flower or visit Garscadden Wood, known for its wildflower meadow, to see the bluebell at its best in Spring.

Julie continues: “I hope everyone takes the chance this spring to come along to their local woodland to try and spot some wild flowers. When they are in full bloom they are stunning, a true masterpiece of nature.”

To find out where your closest woodland is visit: http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/

Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  2. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
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