City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Banish Blues In A Wood of Bluebells


By edg - Posted on 09 May 2012

Bluebells wood

Overworked or overstressed? Nature charity the Woodland Trust has a potential cure for you. The Trust is suggesting people take a relaxing walk in the woods to enjoy bluebell season.

“A bluebell wood at this time of year is actually one of nature’s great tranquillisers and mood improvers,” said Andrew Fairbairn of the Woodland Trust Scotland, which owns 80 sites across Scotland covering 8,750 hectares. “And it is free of charge, with no side-effects," he adds.

Blue according to colour psychology has a soothing effect. As cool blue merges into the deep greens of summer, woodlands should provide a respite from our busy lives as they have for centuries of people before us.

The Trust is even holding a special blues band performance by 'Woodland Blue and The Belles' to celebrate the blues-busting benefits of the flowers by performing among the bluebells at Hermitage of Braid in Edinburgh today at 11am. 

Other Edinburgh Parks experiencing a dash of blue are the Water of Leith, Corstorphine Hill, and Ravelston Woods.

You can find woodlands throughout the UK at VisitWoods, a partnership project, led by the Woodland Trust Scotland, which is funded by the Forestry Commission Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage. The site has around 1,000 woodland sites of various sizes.

However, it's worth noting that this year Scotland witnessed the earliest flowering bluebells for a decade, due perhaps to the mild winter and cold snap in February. Catch them while they last.

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Here's a chart of the flowering dates for bluebells as observed by the Woodlands Trust Scotland. This year was the earliest flowering in a decade.

 

year average earliest latest number of observations
2000 30 April 2000 27 March 2000 18 May 2000 28
2001 08 May 2001 30 March 2001 02 June 2001 82
2002 24 April 2002 18 March 2002 22 May 2002 144
2003 21 April 2003 27 March 2003 21 May 2003 143
2004 25 April 2004 04 April 2004 19 May 2004 122
2005 23 April 2005 21 March 2005 28 May 2005 111
2006 02 May 2006 14 March 2006 01 June 2006 106
2007 19 April 2007 16 March 2007 28 May 2007 139
2008 26 April 2008 24 March 2008 18 May 2008 104
2009 19 April 2009 20 March 2009 15 May 2009 95
2010 04 May 2010 20 March 2010 28 May 2010 91
2011 24 April 2011 02 April 2011 16 May 2011 111
2012 21 March 2012 29 February 2012 31 March 2012 12