Coming Events

A flower walk in Bedford Purlieus

A morning full of flowers and fun in an idyllic location. Join Brian Laney, Northamptonshire's charismatic wildflower recorder, for a walk through one of the most botanically rich areas of Rockingham Forest.
Bedford Purlieus

Tuesday 24th May
10:00  - 12:30

For this walk we are pleased to bring together one of the country's leading plant finders and one of lowland England's finest flower-filled Ancient Woodlands. Bedford Purlieus is a
Site of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserve owned by the Forestry Commission and managed by Forestry England. The variety of wildflowers in the wood is legendary and late May is a particularly good time to appreciate some of the site's botanical richness.  For example, depending on the season, very rare Fly Orchids may be coming into bloom.
Brian Laney is the county recorder for plants and his ability to find and identify flowers is also legendary. A true Friend of Fineshade, Brian has led walks for us here in previous years and all those who attended will want once more to experience his infectious enthusiasm and encyclopaedic botanical knowledge. 

We expect this to be a very popular event and we will need to limit numbers. Early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.   Donations will be appreciated to cover the expenses.

Distance: No more than2 miles.  All walking will be on the grassy rides that are generally flat.

Access to the wood from the carpark is via a stile 

Fly Orchid at Bedford Purlieus

Fly Orchid in Bedford Purlieus in late May last year

The walk will start  from the carpark near the northwest corner of the wood, just south of the A47. 


We're sorry that this walk is now fully booked. We will run a reserve list and let you know if places become available later