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The wild bluebells of Hallerbos blossom for the Easter weekend

11:06 17/04/2022

For a few fleeting weeks every spring, Hallerbos on the outskirts of Brussels, is transformed into a purple floral carpet.

After two years of reduced access due to the pandemic, the nature agency that runs the popular wood is welcoming walkers to view the spectacular sight.

The woodland floral blue carpet is full of delicate, scented flowers, an ephemeral sight that captures the imagination of tourists and locals alike. The annual blossoming is an ancient phenomenon that symbolises the joy of spring.

During the brief flowering season, the colour of the bluebells changes from the rich dark blue when they are at their youngest and freshest, to the softer almost pale blue as they begin to fade away. As temperatures warm, the increasing foliage of the forest gradually restricts the light for all the plants and flower below.

To protect the fragile blooms, visitors are asked to remain on woodland paths and not stray into the forest. An additional walking circuit has been created this year and maps are available.

Other points of interest in the forest include sequoia trees and wood anemones.

Although there’s parking facilities at the site, visitors are encouraged to use train services to Halle station and take a free shuttle bus. It’s also possible to rent bicycles for free at the station.

Alternative places in Belgium to enjoy bluebells this weekend are the woods of Ghlin and Silly in Hainaut province or the Musiekbos, Brakelbos or Kluisbos in Flanders.

Written by Sarah Crew