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Jan Harris
Assistant Editor
11:00 AM 8th February 2020

Snowdrops - The First Sign Of Spring

Snowdrops mark the first sign of spring, flowering ahead of daffodils and bluebells. They emerge through frozen soil from January and are in bloom until late-February.

It is very easy to see the appeal of snowdrops as they show us that spring is round the corner and appear when other bulbs are still lying dormant in the ground.

Can you believe that there are hundreds of varieties of snowdrop, both single and double varieties. You often see a whole drift of snowdrops planted in grass under shrubs or trees.

Where to see snowdrops up North:

Bank Hall Gardens, Bretherton, Lancashire
Snowdrop Sundays - February 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd
Experience one of the finest carpets in the country cultivated by the Bank Hall Action Group. Use the #bankhallbretherton and #SnowdropSunday hashtags
12pm to 4pm. www.bankhall.org

Brodsworth Hall, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire
The snowdrops are a sight not to be missed at Brodsworth Hall. As well as over half a million of the little white flowers, over 200,000 aconites burst up through the frosty ground all around the garden in February. Discover more at https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/brodsworth-hall-and-gardens/

Burton Agnes Hall, Yorkshire
Another lovely woodland setting for a great sweep of snowdrops set in the grounds of this fine Elizabethan house. Gardens open daily. burtonagnes.com

Chirk Castle, Wrexham
This great castle was built during the reign of Edward I. Here, snowdrops flow out from the formal borders into the surrounding woodlands. nationaltrust.org.uk/chirk-castle

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Ripon, North Yorkshire
Walk on a white carpet of snowdrops as you explore the magnificent 12th-century abbey ruins and amble through the beautiful landscaped Georgian water garden of Studley Royal, complete with Neo-classical statues, follies and breathtaking views. This World Heritage Site, cared for by the National Trust, is set in 323 hectares of beautiful countryside and offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the range of England’s heritage and natural beauty.fountainsabbey.org.uk

Gresgarth Hall, Nr Lancaster
Galanthus Garden Open day - February 10th
Witness the glorious display of snowdrops at Gresgarth Hall for one day only.
11am-3pm, www.arabellalennoxboyd.com/gresgarth/public.html

Goldsborough Hall, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
The spectacular display of snowdrops in 17th-century Goldsborough Hall’s 11-acre royal gardens are made up of two species – single snowdrops Galanthus nivalis and double Galanthus nivalis ‘flore pleno’. The Species Snowdrop Walk, created in 2012 with help from experts Mike Heagney and Della Kerr, both committed galanthophiles, features over 40 rare varieties of snowdrops in a newly cleared area of the woods – some so rare they haven’t yet been named. http://www.goldsboroughhall.com/

Gorse Hill Nature Reserve, Ormskirk, Lancashire
Snowdrop Sunday February 16th
Take a walk around Cabin Wood and discover the snowdrops.
11am start (Donations are welcome) nwecotrust.org.uk

Hodsock Priory, Worksop
The famous snowdrop experience at Hodsock - until March 1st - will again be all about making the most of the priory’s early spring gardens. Hodsock Priory is a privately owned 800-acre estate and is located close to the borders of South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire. It is home to the ninth generation of the Buchanan family who also manage the estate and who mark their 250th anniversary in residency this year.
Check out Hodsock snowdrop blog
 and for more information go to hodsockpriory.com

Hornby Castle, Lancashire
Snowdrop Weekend - February 15th-16th
Take a walk around the beautiful grounds and enjoy views of the nearby Lake District.
11am-4pm www.hornbycastle.com/hornby-castle-gardens

Kiplin Hall, Richmond, North Yorkshire
Follow the Snowdrop Trail through the gardens and inspiring lakeside setting of Kiplin Hall near Scorton, Richmond. The swathes of snowdrops in February are soon joined by their yellow ‘fellows’, the aconites, throughout the spring. Kiplin Hall was built in 1620 by George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I and founder of the state of Maryland, USA. The 16-room hall is open to the public and the extensive gardens are undergoing restoration. kiplinhall.co.uk

Lytham Hall, Lancashire
Snowdrop Season - Every weekend throughout February
Take the snowdrop trail through the parkland and marvel at the vast displays of snowdrops.www.lythamhall.org.uk

Mount Grace Priory, Northallerton, North Yorkshire
The woodland surrounding this unusual monastery is the ideal snowdrop setting. And it’s as good a reason to discover more about this lesser known English Heritage site. The crumbling masonry and open grassland have become home to a collection of wildlife that has taken advantage of what previous owners, including the monks, left behind. The priory stoats which inhabit the passages under Mount Grace are possibly the best-known colony of stoats in Yorkshire and even the British Isles.
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mount-grace-priory