Dog Roses and Foxgloves on display in the woods.

A photo of a wild rose near New Fancy
A wild rose near New Fancy

Mid June: The Bluebells have gone until next Spring. The Ferns are growing higher and will soon envelope large areas in the woods and roadsides. Near New Fancy there are currently good displays of wild roses, especially on the viewpoint ifself.

In a nearby area flattened by high winds just a couple of years ago swathes of foxgloves add a splash of mauve to the predominant green of the vegetation – or as the Forest Verderers would call it the “Vert”.

A photo of Foxgloves in the Forest
Foxgloves in the Forest

Walkers see a new arrival at the Flourmill

A photo of A new arrival at the Flourmill
A new arrival at the Flourmill

A family group of walkers from the Midlands enjoyed the weekly Whitemead walk in slightly damp – but not unpleasant weather. They saw a new arrival in the yard at the Flourmill engine repair works.

A photo of Hawthorn in flower
Hawthorn in flower near Parkend.

The Hawthorn flowers are now past their best and are fading back ready to produce a new crop of bright red berries.
Bracken (locally known as ferns) are shooting up to replace the bluebells.

Springtime resumes in the Forest of Dean

Following a few days of rain and cold weather, sunshine has returned to the Forest.  At this time of year the young leaves on the trees have a transparency and hue that is lost in the summer.

These trees are still allowing plenty of light to reach the forest floor, later their leaf  canopies will drastically impair plant gowth beneath them.

The bluebells need to grow and flower  while there is still plenty of light available. This year due to unfavourable weather, the bluebells are late and the best displays are yet to come.

Spring is here at last

A “witch’s hat” roof in Parkend.

Finally the sun has returned to the Forest. The birds are singing, buds are bursting, Spring flowers are beginning to bloom. A diverted footpath has revealed an unusual house in Parkend.