A series of open days at Perivale Wood Nature Reserve to see bluebells and enjoy a woodland walk will be taking place this month on 16 April, 20 April and 22 April 2023.
Perivale Wood has been owned and manged by charity The Selborne Society for over 100 years and is all run by volunteers.
Since 1974, visitors have been able to enjoy seeing nature at first hand during bluebell season.
EALING.NEWS spoke to Deborah Worsley, secretary of The Selborne Society to find out more.
How many times and for how many years have you run open days?
The Selborne Society has run annual open days during bluebell time since 1974. Until Covid times there was one Open Day a year, which became increasingly busy over the years with numbers at about 2500 people by 2019. Now we have three smaller ticketed days which gives visitors a more peaceful and relaxed experience.
When was the last open day you ran and how popular was it?
We welcomed 1800 visitors over the 3 Open Days we held last year.
What age group is it aimed at?
Visitors of all ages come along. There is a nature trail to follow, and a quiz for children. One of the routes is more accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs, although the paths are all natural rather than hard surfaces.
What are the top things people will be able to see?
The reserve consists of meadows, ponds and ancient oak woodland. Within the wood there are millions of bluebells, which are the highlight of Open Day visits. Visitors can learn about how we look after the reserve, how they can become involved through volunteering, and about the events we run through the year for children and adults. There will be tea and cakes to savour, and some craft items to buy (some made from wood from the reserve such as wands).
Admission is £5 per adult (£3 concessions), £2 for accompanying children aged under 16, with no charge for infants under 3 years of age.
Advance tickets can be bought online, by clicking here.