If you go down in the woods…

Press Club members are in for a treat – a “private viewing” of a picturesque four-acre bluebell wood that annually raises money for charity.

This year, the attraction, which is owned by Press Club director Peter Brookes and his wife Jen, will be open during the weekend of 6-7 May for the National Garden Scheme. But Club members will get their “exclusive” look on Sunday, 28 April – which should be the height of the bluebell season.

The wood will be open from 11 am until 1 pm – with visitors being provided with tea and coffee.

“But if visitors want something stronger can they please bring their own bottle of booze. I wouldn’t want to empty Jen’s gin store!” said Peter.

He added: “It is a quintessentially English scene – the bluebells cascade down our natural river banks to Smestow Brook, which joins the River Stour nearby. There are almost four acres of bluebells, forming a blue carpet between the trees and experts tell us the bluebells may date back a thousand years.


“The river bank shows evidence of quarrying – thought to be the site of ancient nail-making pre-dating the Industrial Revolution.  And there’s plenty of wildlife – if you are lucky you may spot the Kingfishers swooping over the stream,” said Peter.

The offer is free to Press Club members. But if you plan to visit during the National Garden Scheme weekend expect to pay! More than 1,000 people have visited the woods in the last three years.


Please note the woods contain a couple of steep paths, which are not suitable for wheelchairs. Strong footwear is recommended.

The location is Keeper’s Cottage, 24, Greensforge Lane, Stourton, Stourbridge, DY7 5BB

If you are planning to attend please email Peter at peter@brookesmedia.com - so that he can organise catering and car parking.



From the A449 Wolverhampton to Kidderminster Road, take the A458 turning, signposted Bridgnorth. Greensforge Lane is the first turning on your right (about half a mile).

Peter’s house is about half a mile down the lane on the right – there will be a sign outside the house welcoming Press Club members.