Chalet Wood bluebells
If you are an East London family you surely are familiar with bluebells in Wanstead Park (and if you don't live in the area, you might have heard of them as they are very popular with tourists, too). Every year at the end of April, a small area of Wanstead Park called Chalet Wood turns into a magnificent sight - a sea of bluebells covering the ground, against the tall trees basking in the spring sunshine.
It's worth mentioning that bluebells are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. This is due to the fact that almost half of the world's bluebells are found in the UK - which means it is illegal to pick or dig up wild bluebells and bluebell bulbs.
When you visit Chalet Wood in Wanstead park, you will notice that extra measures have been put in place to protect the flowering bluebells. Visitors are not permitted to walk over the flowers and the paths have been lined with long logs, preventing damage to the wild flowering display.
For that reasons bluebell photoshoot can be tricky as we all want photos with carpets of blue flowers in the background, however it may not always be possible due to the amount of tourists that flock to Chalet Wood in Wanstead Park every April. But fear not - if you carry on and walk throughout Wanstead Park, you will find plenty little pockets of spaces where wild bluebells bloom and they still provide a beautiful backdrop for your family photos.