British Wildflower Plants to supply British bluebells to Center Parcs

Norfolk-based specialist nursery British Wild Flower Plants has been selected to grow and supply 40,000 British bluebells for holiday company Center Parcs.

The bluebells will be planted this spring at Sherwood Forest Center Parcs with plug plants propagated from seeds collected from the site.

Nursery owner Linda Laxton praised the company for choosing British bluebells over the rival Spanish species, which she said were "in danger of taking over".

Sherwood Forest Center Parcs ground services manager Darren Bowsher said: "I came here 23 years ago when the site was bought from the Forestry Commission and it was an all-pine plantation. Since then we have brought it back to traditional English mixed woodland.

"I'm working to a full species management book that includes every shrub - guelder rose, gorse and hollies. Our policy is to grow nothing but native species, so the Spanish variety of bluebell wasn't ever considered."

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