The bluebells in Wanstead Park have burst forth over recent weeks, creating a carpet of colour across Chalet Wood.

The bluebells have become a real feature over recent years, hidden away, they often appear as an oasis to the unsuspecting visitor.

A real sign that spring has sprung. The trees have that fresh feel, as they gradually become clothed in new leaf growth. Daffodils have been around for a few weeks and are beginning to fade.

The birds proudly parade with their young. The imperious greatest crested grebes, with their magnificent reddish brown headdress feathers. A youngster or two trundling along behind the adults. Shelduck parading with a string of youngsters behind and the mute swan dominating the lakes and other birds.

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It is also a great time in the garden and allotment. Time to sow seed, new life. The seeds already started are coming through. Seed potatoes can go straight into the ground now. New beginnings that should bring fine harvests later in the year.

As humans too, there is more of a spring in the step when the sun comes out. The cold, wet winter months left behind.

People love to come out and enjoy the likes of the bluebells of Chalet Wood. The flowers are there for everyone to enjoy.

Since the birth of social media, it does seem a lot more people know about the bluebells of Wanstead Park. More and more people come every year. Some don't respect the natural environment, trampling the plants, but most do.

People must come out and connect with nature. The Wren Group and the  City of London Corporation do a great job looking after the bluebells and ensuring visitors know what is expected. They get the balance about right.

So let's all get out there and enjoy what nature has to offer, respecting the biodiversity and enhancing our own physical and mental well-being. Spring is a great time to be alive. 

  • Paul Donovan is Labour councillor for Wanstead Village ward, Redbridge Council and a blogger (