Northamptonshire

The village of John Clare

The great Romantic poet John Clare, known as the “Northamptonshire peasant poet”, was born in the village of Helpston Here is a reading of his famous poem “The Badger” The John Clare Country Project, centred around the poet John Clare’s birthplace in Helpston, celebrates the history, heritage, culture, wildlife and landscape of this beautiful area which is full of treasures for people of all ages, backgrounds and interests.”Read

Best bluebell wood in Britain?

Although the Woodland Trust has identified some 1500 woods in the UK worth visiting for their bluebell blooms, botanist Simon Harrap (author of Harrap’s Wild Flowers) considers Short Wood near Oundle as Britain’s best bluebell wood. Quoted in A Summer of British Wildlife (2016) by James Lowen.