Snowdrops bloom early at Dyrham Park

Snowdrops bloom outside the mansion at Dyrham Park (c) National Trust / Laura Williams

Spring is on the way at Dyrham Park, near Bath, with early snowdrops spotted in the grounds.

The white flowers tend to bloom in January and February and pave the way for the crocuses and daffodils which are a common sight in the UK in springtime. However, Dyrham’s snowdrops were first spotted between Christmas and New Year and can now be admired in front of the 17th-century house, terraces and in the garden.

The National Trust deer park and garden is home to more than half a dozen types of snowdrop, all of which occur naturally – although they are helped along with annual snowdrop dividing sessions carried out by the garden team to encourage growth the following year.

Park and Garden Manager Dale Dennehy said: ‘People are quite enamoured with the snowdrops because it means that spring is on its way. We’re lucky enough to have several varieties here at Dyrham Park, including Atkinsii, which bloom much earlier than other types.

‘They look lovely in front of the house in January and in February, you can see more in the nut walk in the garden and the terraces. It’s one of the highlights of the year for many visitors. We just ask that people keep off the grass near them so not to impact next year’s bloom.’

Dyrham Park is one of many local National Trust places where you can see the annual phenomenon; others include Prior Park in Bath and Snowshill Manor in the Cotswolds.

Dyrham Park is situated just off junction 18 of the M4 – 8 miles north of Bath and 12 miles east of Bristol. The park is open daily from 10am-4pm (last entry one hour before close).

More information is available at: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/DyrhamPark

 

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Presents beside a bed at Tyntesfield (c) National Trust / Steve Haywood

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Wellington Monument (c) National Trust/Fran Stothard

 

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