Two ‘Snowdrop Sundays’ at the Gardens of Easton Lodge

PUBLISHED: 11:38 17 February 2014 | UPDATED: 11:38 17 February 2014

Snowdrops at the Gardens of Easton Lodge. Picture: Petra Loewe-Broker

Snowdrops at the Gardens of Easton Lodge. Picture: Petra Loewe-Broker

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The Gardens of Easton Lodge will be welcoming visitors to the first of its two ‘Snowdrop Sundays’ this weekend at the start of its 2014 season.

The second chance to see the annual ‘Snowdrops’ event which has become a must-see feature of the garden lovers’ calendar is on March 2.

Visitors can enjoy the many thousands of blooms that form a stunning white carpet beneath the trees in the Bosquet and down into the glade.

There is lots of space for younger visitors to run around and let off steam in the beautiful 23-acre site while those less energetic can just enjoy the peace and tranquility as they take in the many different areas of this magical place; a guided tour will take place at 1pm.

Trustee Angus Drever said: “We are pleased to be welcoming visitors again but would encourage them to wear wellies as the gardens have been affected by the recent heavy rainfall and are very wet and muddy in places.

“The rain has also made the gardens inaccessible to wheelchairs at this time which is a huge shame but beyond our control.

“That said the snowdrops are looking magical and visitors will also be able to see the hard work that has gone on over the winter and enjoy some of the delicious homemade refreshments on offer.”

As an added attraction members of the Essex Austin 7 Club will be bringing some of their beautiful old cars to the gardens on Sunday (February 23) for visitors to admire.

Opening hours for both Snowdrop Sundays are 11.30am to 4pm (last admission at 3pm) with tickets costing £3.50 for adults and children entering free. A volunteer team will be manning the gates and serving homemade soups, bacon & sausage rolls at lunchtime and hot drinks and homemade cakes all afternoon.

As in previous years a limited number of Snowdrops “in the green” will be available to buy and a pre-order form is now available on the website eastonlodge.co.uk under the “Support Us” tab so make sure you don’t miss out.

The Trust is always looking for more people to join the team for open days, gardening and restoration work and anyone interested should email enquiries@eastonlodge.co.uk or leave a message on 01371 876979.

Further information about the openings is also available from these sources as well as on the website at eastonlodge.co.uk.

The Gardens of Easton Lodge are located just outside Great Dunmow in Little Easton, off the B184 (Great Dunmow to Saffron Walden road). Follow the brown heritage signs.

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