Since 1972 the Arlington Bluebell Walk and Farm Trail has developed into seven interesting walks over three working farms.
One of the walks of 2/3 mile (1100 meters) through Beatons Wood has been made suitable for wheelchair users. This is where you see white anemones followed by the vistas of bluebells, established over centuries. On this walk there are seats for you to enjoy the peace and tranquility of this oak and hornbeam wood. Along the walks there are signs illustrating the flora and fauna of the countryside for your information.
At neighbouring Parkwood Farm, milking of the large dairy herd can be seen from a special viewing gallery every afternoon between 3:00pm and 5:00pm. To get there involves a walk of about 1.5 miles, and you will have to walk back!
We have pens of sheep, pigs and angora goats for the children to see close up, but remember, pigs can bite! Ensure children wash their hands thoroughly with warm water and soap at the adjoining sink if they do stroke any of the animals.
For more information download the 2017 Publicity Leaflet here.
What a fantastic year for bluebells and all spring flowers, as no heavy rain or strong winds to buffet them. These cold nights have certainly held the bluebells just as they have reached their prime, and it is just a sea of blue throughout the 24 acres of Beatons Wood, plus their scent wafting around when it is warm, but for best results it should be neither too hot nor too cold! The white wood anemones have virtually all disappeared, so if it is just bluebells you want to see, now is the time to come.
Last year we sadly had many inconsiderate people making their own private paths into the mass of bluebell flowers, which meant the bluebells were trodden down and the leaves could not create the reserves needed for the following year. This year we have a large notice as one enters Beatons Wood, asking our visitors to respect these precious English Bluebells so all who visit can enjoy their full glory. We have also introduced metal hoops which have been erected where we notice the odd person has made some tentative steps into the bluebells, no doubt to try and get that perfect photo, but sadly some thoughtless individuals feel that this does not apply to them and either step over the hoops or even remove them. To date It is certainly an improvement on last year, but it is very upsetting for us and also for so many of our visitors, who just want to keep to the designated paths to just enjoy a peaceful and relaxing walk looking at the bluebells.
At Parkwood Farm where one can look down and watch the actual milking of a large herd of cows, but it does entail a three mile walk there and back! This Bank Holiday Monday the Appleton Family for the second year running, are holding a special event sponsored by Tesco and Arla Milk from 11.00am to 5.00pm, to illustrate the work that goes into the care of their cows, so necessary for the production of milk at this farm. It will cover many aspects of producing mild, plus cattle foot trimming, ultrasound scanning and the nutritional needs of their cows to maintain their good health. There are tasty free samples available of milk products, as an incentive to walk the walk!
The next report is due to be here on Friday 5 May.
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