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Cheshire Bluebell Recovery project

The Mersey Forest is working to re-establish greater numbers of native bluebells in the local area through the Cheshire Bluebell Recovery project.

The Cheshire Bluebell Recovery project was set up in 2005 in direct response to the decline of one of our most beautiful woodland wildflowers, due to habitat loss and bulbs being dug up for sale. Volunteers plant bluebell bulbs from seed in community woodlands all around the area. The process can take as long as seven years.  

The Mersey Forest chose the best local sites in which to plant the native bluebells, and made contact with local communities who planted the bulbs with partners.


The chosen locations were the following:

  • Blacon Nature Park, Chester
  • Caldy Nature Park, Chester
  • Dukes Drive Woodland, Chester
  • Hunters Wood, Kingsley
  • Murdishaw Woods, Runcorn
  • Thorn Wood, Weaverham
  • Town Hall Park Woodland, Runcorn

Maps were created to show the best location at each site to plant the native bluebells, ensure they were separated from hybrid bluebells – created by cross breeding with the non-native Spanish bluebell.


As of 2016, over half a million bluebells had been planted as part of this project. Having built up a substantial stock, we're now looking to expand the project across other parts of The Mersey Forest. 


Funding and partners
The project is led by Cheshire Wildlife Trust and has received funding through INEOS ChlorVinyls, WREN, the Linley Shaw Foundation, The Mersey Forest and Cheshire West and Chester Council. Further partners in the Bluebell Recovery Project include RECORD and Halton Borough Council.

For any further information on the Cheshire Bluebell Recovery project, please visit: and

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