Bluebells arrive early at Mottistone

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Bluebells arrive early at Mottistone

A carpet of bluebells on Ventnor Down in 2012.

THE woodland bluebells at Mottistone, on the Isle of Wight, have flowered a month earlier than usual, making for a spectacular display.

Spurred on by the recent spell of sunny weather, they have burst into bloom at the National Trust gardens.

National Trust marketing manager Kathryn Wilson said: "I’ve just been to check on bluebell progress in the woods surrounding the gardens, and they’re coming out in force — the comparison with last April is unbelievable. Last year they didn’t appear until well into May, but already the woods here are showing very promising displays and the smell of them is lovely.

"Visitors to Mottistone over the next couple of weeks are in for a real treat."

The Mottistone Manor woodland is just one beauty spot on the Isle of Wight regularly carpeted in bluebells. The stunning spring flowers can also be seen at Borthwood Copse and Ventnor Downs.

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