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Have a wander around Oxburgh Estate to celebrate snowdrop season with the National Trust





Visitors can enjoy the sight of thousands of gorgeous snowdrops if they pay a visit to a West Norfolk estate.

How much do you know about these dainty little flowers? There are more than 2,500 varieties of snowdrops, and its Greek name ‘Galanthus’ translates as the ‘milk flower’.

They first became fashionable during the Victorian era, but no one knows for sure when they were first introduced to the UK.

Snowdrops in the historic parkland with the Hall in the background at Oxburgh Estate, Norfolk
Snowdrops in the historic parkland with the Hall in the background at Oxburgh Estate, Norfolk

A good spot to enjoy a snowdrop walk is Oxburgh Estate on a gardener-led guided tour.

The walks will take place every Sunday and Monday in February .

On the Oxburgh Estate, thousands of snowdrops and winter aconites make for a memorable display each year in the Wilderness, My Lady’s Wood, and on the North Terrace.

Enjoy a snowdrop walk at the National Trust (credit) National Trust Images Justin Minn
Enjoy a snowdrop walk at the National Trust (credit) National Trust Images Justin Minn

The plants are allowed to self-seed, creating a beautiful, natural scene.

The Wilderness was created in deliberate contrast to the more formal gardens and showcases a beautiful carpet of snowdrops, followed by aconites and finally bluebells across the woodland floor.

Scented shrubs, evergreen planting, and mature lime trees surround the space and create a romantic illusion of an untamed landscape.

To find out more about Oxburgh’s snowdrop collection, book your place on a snowdrop tour with a National Trust gardener.

There is a suggested donation of £5, and normal admission applies.



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