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On the Trail of Daffodils – Take a Trip to the Forest of Dean

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Every year, during late March to early April, the Forest of Dean becomes a sea of beautiful bright yellow blooms to welcome in the Spring. Daffodils appear in huge numbers and in turn, attract many visitors from all over the country to see this glorious spectacle that welcomes the return of Spring after a long cold winter. The Forest of Dean is a fantastic place to visit, where it is for one of the most beautiful hotel wedding venues in Gloucestershire http://www.thespeechhouse.co.uk/weddings/ at Speech House, or to journey underground in the beautiful and enchanting Clearwell Caves, you will certainly not get bored here. But if you fancy a Springtime treat, and want to see the carpets of daffodils for yourself, here are the best places to go and view them…

Betty Daws Wood – A part of Dymock woods, just outside of the Tudor Market town of Newent, this ancient part of the woodlands hosts a spectacular scene in the springtime. Not only home to daffodils, this woodland is also home to a variety of birds, and also the rare white wood butterfly.

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Vell Mill – This is one of very few wild daffodil meadows and is also home to traditional orchard of fruit trees, including apples, pears and plums. This was planted to help to conserve the wildlife of the local area, that has seen a decline in numbers from loss of habitat. Various species of birds live here, including the Green Woodpecker and the Song Thrush, and insects such as the Bumblebee and the Stag Beetle thrive here. It is hoped that the orchard will link up with other local orchards as it matures creating a ling that enables the animals to travel between them. Visitors will be impressed by the beautiful carpet of golden daffodils.

Ketford Bank – Famous for it’s Spring displays of wild daffodils, Ketford Bank also provides beautiful displays of foxgloves and bluebells later in the year – supporting the Buff Tailed Bumblebees that live here. So, don’t worry if you are too late for the daffodils, there is always a beautiful display of nature at it’s finest in Ketford Bank.

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If you are interested in going on a daffodil walk, then have a look here to see the routes that you can take, and find out more information on the ‘golden triangle’.

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Kim Lee lives in Tampa, Florida and focuses on living an intentionally happy life, helping others live better, and having a whole lot of fun. She loves to write, read, enjoy the outdoors, and play with dogs.

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