Update from 2020 to 2021
The past year has been so turbulent - in last year’s February Newsletter we were looking forward to the 2020 Bluebell Walk, but within a month a new word entered our vocabulary: Covid. It has affected every one of us, some sadly losing loved ones, others suffering with Long Covid, but at last the way forward looks brighter, as more of the population receive their jabs.
2021 Arlington Bluebell Walk
The good news is that we will open for the Bluebell Walk from Monday 12 April. We are offering a very reduced Bluebell Walk with a lower entrance fee, with visitor numbers limited every hour, as each visit must be pre-booked to ensure we have a robust Track & Trace record. The Bluebell Barn cannot be used, which means there will be no delicious food on offer which we so enjoyed from the participating charities. The Farm Walks will not be open, so the only Walk is through Beatons Wood, which is one way round with a separate entrance and exit. There will be no petting animals in the Animal Barn, but as it is large and well ventilated, this means that Arlington Church can hold their successful Plant Stall in the middle, but viewing will be one way round only. We will provide additional portable loos and ample hand sanitizer dispensers around the site, as the safety of our visitors and charity volunteers is paramount.
Bates Green Garden
The other good news is that since January 2020, Emma Reece, who used to be a student under my late wife Carolyn twenty years ago, has restored this tranquil plantsman’s garden, so for the first time in five years it will again be open to the public.
During the Bluebell Walk it will be open every day, but only to those who have first pre-booked a visit to the Bluebell Walk. There will be an extra entrance fee. After 19 May it will be open every Wednesday until late October. A new website is being developed, and when complete, it will be linked from www.bluebellwalk.co.uk
Maintenance and remedial work
Work has been continuing right through 2020 and will until we open. In Beatons Wood under our Management Plan, we coppiced an area near the Lower Pond and created two large piles of all the toppings thus giving shelter to wildlife, whilst the large timber was removed to be used for firewood. We are trying to create a wildflower bank outside the farm, but it will have to be re-seeded, as germination for whatever reason was patchy! The wild daffodils in the Millennium Avenue increase year on year as each bloom sheds its own seed, so to improve the vista when they flower, we have removed undergrowth and cow parsley. Next year we will open Bates Green Garden, Millennium Avenue and Beatons Wood on certain days in February / March, which will be online booking to ensure we have sufficient area for car parking, as our Car Park Field is too wet at that time of year!
Online booking is now live
We are pleased to announce that you can now book your visit online. Due to Covid regulations all visits must be pre-booked. Please visit the booking page for more information.
2021 Arlington Bluebell Walk - Monday 12th April to Wednesday 19th May
This message was added on Friday 2nd April 2021
It’s such great news that the bluebell walk is to open! I really missed it last year.
Children /Hannah Nardella
Hello, I have 2 Children under 5. I’ve read they will be free but do I need to book a place for them? There’s no option to include them on the booking without being charged? Many thanks
Re: Children/Bluebell Walk
Children under 6 do not need tickets, so you do not need to include them on the booking form. We will clarify on the booking form that a child refers to ages 6 - 16.
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