More bluebells needed to make carpet of colour at Haysden Park

More bluebells needed to make carpet of colour at Haysden Park
WOODLAND WALK: A pathway has been created to protect the bluebells

The project is the regeneration of Heusenstamm/Friendship Wood beside the River Medway. It was planted after the 1987 hurricane, and was funded by a generous donation from Heusenstamm, Tonbridge’s twin town in Germany.

The wood is strongly established but became overgrown in places and needed much work to improve it.

A tree-felling programme has brought more light and space to the area to encourage growth, and a pathway has been made to protect the plants.

Last autumn, thanks to a donation from the Heusenstamm Friendship Group in Tonbridge, 2,000 bluebell bulbs were planted by the volunteers. But donations are needed to buy many thousands more bulbs.

Volunteer group leader Sue Hennessy said: “The priority planting will be bluebells but if the donations received make it possible, then primroses, wood anemones and other beautiful woodland flowers can be planted as well.”

For more information, email Sue at: or call John Dicker on 01732 357911. Visit

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