Spring has well and truly sprung and down in the woods there is a wonderland of bluebells blooming. Butterflies are fluttering, birds are singing, elves and pixies are playing volleyball in sunlit glades, and teddy bears are picnicking. It’s all rather lovely.
The sad thing is that not everyone is aware of how fabulous the UK’s woodlands are and how close they live to somewhere so green and gorgeous. It’s about time something was done to remind them. That’s where your bloomin’ bluebell comes in.
Your yarnstorming mission, should you choose to accept it, is to knit a Bloomin’ Bluebell of your own, tag him with the Visitwoods.org label and leave him somewhere city-flavoured to inspire others to love their local woods and go and visit.
Plant your Bluebell somewhere it will be seen: at the station on your way to work, by the bus stop, perched by a post box, under an arch, peering at people as they pick up their free papers, or fluttering its petal in a friendly way outside your local shops.
Don’t worry about leaving him in the wild. Each Bloomin’ Bluebell is highly trained to survive in a suburban setting. He’ll be just fine.
You can also find woods to visit near you here.
Save your country’s green spaces before they all get swallowed up by cities, sold to supermarkets or mown down by motorways. England is meant to be green and pleasant. Bring on the graffiti Bloomin’ Bluebells and encourage people to get outside and make sure it stays that way.