I recently made a few visits to Wattles Hill near Wookey Hole in Somerset. Around that hill are several woods, but I had no idea what the names of those woods were, or even if they had their own names.
Over the same period I also visited the woods of Milton Hill on the the other side of Wookey Hole village. The maps show two woods on that hill one called Round Wood, and the other called Folly Wood. But it is not very clear where one wood stops and the other begins. So I have made the best guesses I could.
At this time of year Folly Wood and Round Wood are both carpeted of glorious white wild garlic.
The garlic on the north side of the hill are best visited in the afternoon once the sun has moved around the hill.
Recently, the trees along the edge of the wood have been cleared. I’m not sure if this is due to ash dieback? So now we have open views across to Model Farm.
… and who does not love lambs.
It is not all wild garlic, outside the wood the fields are covered in dandelions.
And beautiful early-purple orchids can be found around the edges of the wood towards Arthur’s Point.
Earlier in the spring there was also a good display of wood anemones.