The extensive acreage and varying habitat at Ashridge support a wide variety of native spring flowers to delight the field naturalist – apart from the ubiquitous bluebell.
Rarities include the wild daffodil to be found at Webb’s Copse at Frithsden. A recent find in the area is a large clump of Monkshood, but this comes with a severe health warning being highly toxic. It may be a garden reject.
The wood at Aldbury Nowers on the other side of the Estate supports the rare white helleborine, along with a clump of Solomon’s Seal which may have been planted by an enthusiast.
The chalk downland is home to the declining Pasque flower, which appeared for the first time this year on Piccadilly Hill, since being planted out last year.
Written by a Volunteer Ranger