My thanks to Terri, over at the Beespeak for inviting me to take part in this challenge.
This is my penultimate contribution, all of which I hope have been of interest.
As a kid, we had an orchard in the garden of the house my Dad built in 1965.
Hundreds of bluebells would come up under the trees every year, and being the volunteered-and-dreaded-no-one-else-wanted-to-be-it class flower monitor, I at last had something to take to school in my role.
We literally turned a corner in the road, and there it was, the most fabulous Bluebell Wood. This simple sign requesting visitors to take care and keep to the pathways was sufficient to protect them for others to enjoy.
I decided to post this as part of the challenge after listening to an article on Radio Four on Tuesday about the National Trust planning to charge visitors £3 to see their Bluebell Wood in Dockey Wood, Hertfordshire (source) over the first two weekends in May, one of which is a Bank Holiday.
Going back to my childhood and remembering that bluebells came up regardless of how many were picked and in greater numbers, then I imagine the Head Gardeners at Ashbridge Estate will have to destroy areas where these glorious flowers flourish to make room for their pathways and ‘monitored walkways’.
Either their previous signs weren’t big enough, were in the wrong place, or probably infrequently visible (probably hidden by taller bluebells).
As before, if you wish to take part in this challenge, post a nature picture every day for seven days, and invite someone to join in.