At this time of year there is a seemingly endless stream of people and organisations trying to convince you to cross the county to see their wonderful Bluebell Woods. But why bother when we have the magnificent Woodlands Park here in Norwich? It’s full of bluebells right now! Woodlands Park has been a park since 1904 when it was donated to the City of Norwich by a Mrs Pym and was known for a time as Polly Pym’s Park.
The park is accessible from both Dereham Road via pair of rather nondescript gates, and from the path that runs between Norwich Community Hospital and Dereham Road. Neither entrance has signage – it’s as if the city council want to keep the place secret!
Woodlands Park has an area of grass with a solitary bench not far beyond the main gates and paths that form a rather pleasant loop through the woods leading back to the grass.
A fun game with children is to try to find the memorial stone to Punch the dog who died in 1888.