Tiptop through the snowdrops near Bircham Newton

A small tot tottering through the carpet of snowdrops at Bagthorpe Hall.
A small tot tottering through the carpet of snowdrops at Bagthorpe Hall.

There were snowdrops in abundance to enjoy and delight a continuous stream of visitors when they descended on Bagthorpe Hall, near Bircham Newton, the home of Donald and Georgina Morton, on Sunday.

It’s an annual event that raises a substantial amount of money for nine national charities.

“I’ve been coming every year since they opened. They are such a spectacle,” said one visitor as they waited outside the tea-rooms, which were serving a range of foods including hot soups made with organic vegetables grown at the hall.

“We opened 14 years ago after a friend suggested we do it,” said Mrs Morton.

“The snowdrops are completely naturalised. They carpet our woodlands, but I’ve no idea how many there are.”

The Mortons belong to the National Garden Scheme (NGS) which supports a range of caring and nursing charities, including Macmillan Cancer support, Marie Curie, Parkinson’s UK and the MS society. The hall opens one Sunday each year.

“The entire amount of money, every penny we raise is given to the NGS,” said Mrs Morton. “Normally we take about £3,000 from around 400 visitors.”

In 2016, the NGS scheme raised £2.7 million nationwide.

Pictured above is a small tot enjoying the blooms while walking through the carpet of snowdrops at Bagthorpe Hall.

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