A normally closed nature reserve in west London will be open for a few days when the woods are filled with bluebells at their best.

At 27 acres in size, Perivale Wood sits just next to the Central line railway and is one of the oldest dedicated nature reserves in the UK. Set up as a bird sanctuary at a time when all around here was fields, it was an unusually farsighted vision of how urban sprawl could someday leave no large swathes of woodland for birds.

Now, each year during the spring, the woods are blanketed by a vast number of bluebells that turn otherwise green and brown floors into a riot of violet-blue flowers that carpet the landscape.

To control numbers, what was once a one-day event is now spread over three days, including fortunately for weekend workers, a couple of days during the week.

The open days will take place on Friday 15th April, Tuesday 19th April, and Saturday 23rd April.

Entry will be by pre-booked tickets only, and tickets cost £5 per adult (£3 concessions), £2 for accompanying children aged under 16, with no charge for infants under 3 years of age.

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Dogs or other pets are not allowed, except in the case of registered assistance animals.

Tea, coffee and cakes will be on sale in the Bluebell Centre and there are toilet facilities.

Getting to Perivale Wood

The wood is about a 10-minute walk from Perivale tube station on the Central line, and TfL is currently showing no planned engineering works on the open days, so you shouldn’t have any problems using public transport to get there.

When you leave the tube station, turn right and cross over on the pedestrian crossing, then walk up to Selbourne Gardens, walk along to Salvia Gardens, and at the end of that, turn left. The nature reserve is a few yards along the road, on your right, and is signposted by the road.


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  1. jenikya says:

    if you visit on a weekend, you can walk to Horsenden Hill, which is quite nice…and visit the bakery and farm there. The bakery, Horsenden Loaf, is very nice.

  2. Jennifer says:

    I am reading this late on Friday night, the 15th – gah! This would have been a perfect thing to do on such a gorgeous day outside. As an Ealing resident, Perivale is a nice cycle ride to get to. And what a nice tip above – Horsenden Loaf!

  3. Greg says:

    I went to the open day today. While the sun wasn’t as lovely as it would have been on Friday, was a nice time. Lovely little walk, and the volunteers were all very nice.

    Thanks Ian for bringing these type of events to our attention. This is a great example of something that I would never know is happening without you blogging about it.

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