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The Bluebells are out and they'll be showing off from early April to the end of May.

Nothing is more evocative of a Sussex spring than a walk through a wood awash with bluebells. Their deep violet-blue colour and distinctive bell-shaped flower make native bluebells one of our best known plants.

Here are some of our favourite local spots to catch them in.

Arlington Bluebell Walk and Farm Trail, nr Polegate

Follow the celebrated Arlington Bluebell trail from Bates Green Farm between 10.00am and 5.00pm daily until 19th May.  A growing tradition for the last 40 years, it now covers seven possible trails over three farms.

Sheffield Park, nr Uckfield

The aptly named Walk Wood at Sheffield Park and Garden is a restored ancient woodland. Thanks to a 15-year labour of love by the head gardener, a network of paths from the early 1700s have been recreated and will be surrounded by carpets of bluebells looking suitably lovely around the hornbeam trees and 400-year-old stumps.

Brede High Woods, Battle

Ancient and secondary woodland and open heathland combine at this spot in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s to the north east of Powdermill Reservoir so you can combine bluebell spotting with waterside views.