Unless you are a group of 16 or more then there is no need to book. Just turn up.
For group bookings please complete the groups form.

Of course you can, but you must always keep your dog on a lead please. This is necessary to stop dogs running through the bluebells and disturbing the wildlife and frightening the farm livestock on the other walks. Three `Dog Poop` bins are situated at the entrance to the Wood, both ponds, also one at Parkwood Farm and the Car Park. We also have a bag dispenser at the entrance to the Bluebell Wood. We understand that some dog faeces may contain the parasite Neospora caninum, which is known to cause abortion in cattle.
We have picnic facilities in the shady corner of the large car park field. We ask that you do not picnic in the Bluebell Wood please.

Sorry, the Walks are only open to walkers, and those who have accessibility difficulties and need to use wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Child’s buggies are allowed.

Unfortunately not, as often we have many visitors who may be using mobility scooters which with push chairs are the only wheeled items allowed. 

We are a 3 miles walk from Berwick Station.
Again a 3 mile walk from the bus stop at Wilmington.
Train to Polegate Station and taxis are available, their telephone 01323 484444.
Bus journey to Hailsham and taxis are available, their telephone 01323 844464.
Each day the Duty Charity supplies what is listed on the Food Menu. Seating in both the Bluebell barn, the Front Terrace and on the Sun Terrace. Highchairs available.
The Blue Walk is the one through the Bluebell Wood that is about 1100 metres or 2/3 mile. It is designed for wheelchairs and easy walking and can take from half to an hour, depending on how long you linger enjoying the views and their scent when they are fully out on a sunny day. There are seats round the Blue Walk.
It is a wonderful compliment, clearly demonstrating the pleasure that visiting the Bluebell Walk has given. Any request please contact John McCutchan by writing to Bates Green Farm Tye Hill Road Arlington, Polegate East Sussex, BN26 6SH or email (see contact us page)
John McCutchan MBE started the Bluebell Walk in 1972, but the idea came from his late wife Carolyn. The concept of it being run by charities continues to this day, with over 75 having participated over the years. In 2013 John, Carolyn, their daughter Philippa and husband Michael Vine formed the Bluebell Walk Partnership, then in 2020 the Bluebell Walk Advisory Group (BWAG) took over and has 9 members to ensure that the Bluebell Walk progresses and develops into the future, with the invaluable assistance of local charities.
· We are delighted when children come and visit us, as we hope during their visit they will learn a little about different aspects of nature, which will develop into a love of the countryside

· We have a Children’s Quiz sheet based on walking round the Blue, White, Red & Yellow Walks. The answers can be found on the many notices we have around these Walks. These quiz sheets are available at The Gate House or download here.

· We have a petting corner next door to the Bluebell Barn with Angora goats and their kids, and mother sheep with their lambs. We take great care to ensure that there are ample warm water hand washing facilities in this area, and we are monitored by Wealden District Council Environmental Health officers, to minimise any risk so parents can be reassured.

· In our free to enter Photographic Competition we have an individual class for children aged under 16 on the date of the opening of this year’s Bluebell Walk, with no restriction on the subject of images seen during their visit, with up to 3 images per entrant. Prize winners receive free entries to the following year’s Bluebell Walk, plus their image is displayed on our website and on the Bluebell Walk. Details are on the Photographic Competition page.

· A purpose made viewing gallery is at Parkwood Farm, from which you can look down and see a large herd of cows being milked every day, generally between 3.00pm to 5.00pm. Walking there and back is nearly 3 miles!

· Pushchairs can easily be pushed round the Blue Walk in Beatons Wood where one see most of the bluebells as it is lightly graveled for mobility scooters. The Farm Walks are suitable for pushchairs, but the ground in places can be a little bumpy and muddy when wet. You will not encounter any stiles to climb over as they were all replaced by gates, except the Wild Garlic Walk which has what we call ‘collapsible stiles’, so when pushed down will allow empty pushchairs to be lifted over.

· There are three high chairs available in the Bluebell Barn to use when enjoying your refreshments.

· The picnic tables in a sheltered corner of the Car Park Field are designed to accommodate wheelchairs or pushchairs.

· Baby changing facilities are available in the Accessible Toilet as well as the Ladies toilet.

· The second hand book stall run by Action for Medical Research always try and have a selection of children’s books.

· There is a playgroup run by Cherry Wood Adventures on alternate Fridays: https://www.cherrywoodadventures.co.uk/bluebell-club.html
There are well maintained ladies/gents toilets at the entrance, opposite the Bluebell Barn plus 2 unisex toilets. The fully equipped adjacent accessible toilet has baby changing facilities as has the ladies toilet. There are two unisex toilets in the car park and one at Parkwood Farm.
Most bluebells are found in ancient woodland where the rich habitat supports a whole host of species. Ancient woodland includes woods from the 17th century and some may even be remnants of the original wildwood that covered Britain after the last Ice Age.

The bluebell is a protected species in UK law.

Cross-breeding between the English (native) and Spanish species of bluebell means it is possible for some flowers to include traits from both. However you will only find native English bluebells in our wood!

Bluebells contain at least 15 biologically active compounds that may provide them with protection against insects and animals.

Certain extracts – water-soluble alkaloids – are similar to compounds tested for use in combating HIV and cancer.

The bulbs of bluebells are used in folk medicine as a diuretic or styptic, while the sap can be used as an adhesive.

The Blue Bell – Emily Bronte
First verse
“The blue bell is the sweetest flower
That waves in summer air;
Its blossoms have the mightiest power
To soothe my spirit’s care. “

Unusual bluebell facts
In the Bronze Age, people used bluebell glue to attach feathers to their arrows
The Victorians used the starch from crushed bluebells to stiffen the ruffs of their collars and sleeves
Bluebell sap was used to bind pages to the spines of books
Legend also says that a field of bluebells is intricately woven with fairy enchantments
Bees can ‘steal’ nectar from bluebells by biting a hole in the bottom of the bell, reaching the nectar without pollinating the flower.

Every Wednesday from February to October you have the opportunity to visit Bates Green Garden, which includes access to Beatons Wood.

Yes, you can pay the entrance charges by card. Also the cafe accepts card payments. The HOPS stall and plant stalls also accept cards.