Spring has sprung in spectacular style at the Tudeley Woods Reserve near Tunbridge Wells, where its famous bluebells are in full bloom.
The ancient 900-acre woodland is owned by the Hadlow Estate and managed in partnership with the RSPB. The stunning carpet of colour impresses visitors to the woods each year, with many joining popular guided walks led by local wardens.
Unfortunately, this year, due to the current government restrictions relating to the coronavirus pandemic, the RSPB has taken the decision to temporarily close the woods to visitors.
Kate Teacher, of the Hadlow Estate, said: “At this unprecedented time of anxiety and uncertainty, many of us value a connection to nature and the opportunity to appreciate its beauty. The sight of a carpet of bluebells, glimpsed from a footpath or pictured online can be uplifting.
“These beautiful woods will be here to enjoy for many years to come and we look forward to welcoming visitors again when restrictions are lifted.”
Kate and her husband Harry head up the 4,000-acre Hadlow Estate and Harry’s family have owned the woods for 170 years.
Kate continued: “There are a number of public footpaths across the Estate’s farm and woodland, so people can still access and enjoy the countryside for their daily exercise. We ask that people remember to observe the clear Government guidelines on social distancing when out exercising and stay local.”