A community group celebrated the start of spring and the return to bluebells to Wanstead Park with a special event.

The Friends of Wanstead Parklands held a “bluebell day” on Sunday in anticipation of a bumper year for the flower, which carpet green spaces in the area each year.

Bluebells have arrived later than usual this year due to prolonged cold weather, but recent rainfall means this spring’s display could be more impressive than ever.

The community group held a guided walk for more than 30 people, exploring the flora and fauna of Wanstead Park.

Volunteers also hosted a nature club for children where 20 families enjoyed a walk around the wood, stories and crafts.

Vice chairman of the Friends of Wanstead Parklands, Jo Blackman, said: "Everyone is looking forward to an extra special display of bluebells this year.

“We were delighted to organise two events for those who wanted to learn a bit more about the park and its nature.

“We are grateful to our fantastic team of volunteers and ongoing support and interest from the local community."