Hole Park bluebells set to bloom earlier due to mild weather

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One of Kent’s magnificent historic parks, Hole Park in Rolvenden, has reported seeing its first bluebell this week, two weeks earlier than ever recorded in previous years by the park’s current owner Edward Barham.



Hole Park, which has been open to the public since 1928, believes this is due to the unseasonal mild weather.

Edward Barham, owner of Hole Park Gardens in Rolvenden, said “We are expecting the bluebells to bloom earlier this year due to the mild weather we are currently experiencing and our bluebell barometer on the Hole Park website will be updated regularly with images and reports on when the Bluebells start to flower in abundance to give us our ‘Bluebell Spectacular.”

The gardens, which are open to visitors from 1 April 2024, welcome thousands of visitors each year from all over the world who come to enjoy the lovely gardens but also the incredible display of Bluebells.  The gardens at Hole Park also have wonderful displays of mature shrubs including azaleas and rhododendrons which may also flower earlier this year if the mild weather continues.

Bluebells are a protected species in the UK.

To check the progress of the bluebells at Hole Park visit the bluebell barometer at