The 2016 Arlington Bluebell Walk is now over and each year the season is so different. This year for the first two weeks the weather remained cold and wet, which delayed the growth of the bluebells and caused many difficulties in our car park field. In fact it was closed for more days than it was open and we had to rely on the wide road verges, which thankfully have a firm base built up over years as our back up parking!
The last three weeks were fantastic, as it became very warm in the daytime, but remained cold at night, so the bluebells looked fantastic and their scent some mornings was nearly overwhelming. We ended the season with a record number of visitors, and were quite amazed to find so many had not been here before, but found us ‘online’.
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I must apologise to those visitors who came when our neighbour was spreading slurry. Because it was an easterly wind it meant it was that smell permeating Beatons Wood for several days! Like so many farmers in this area with heavy clay soil aggravated by the excessively wet winter, he was late in starting work on his fields because the machinery of today is so heavy. Sadly the job coincided with the Bluebell Walk.
We are now waiting to hear from all the charities as to how much they raised over their ‘duty days’. Once we do, we will know the new total figure raised since 1972!
Entries are beginning to arrive for the photographic competition. If you’d like to enter you need to send in your prints by 1st June. See www.bluebellwalk.co.uk/competition.html for details. Every year we look forward to the diversity of images that you send in – reminders of the beauty, tranquility and joy the bluebells bring. And of course there’s always a touch of humour too
This message was added on Friday 13th May 2016
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