Snowdrops are popping up across the South West, bringing that first sign that spring isn’t a too-distant hope and will be returning soon enough. In many gardens that the National Trust care for, swathes of snowdrops can be seen; here’s a guide to the top spots perfect for exploring followed by warming treats in the cafés.

Did you know that bees love snowdrops? They’re a vital source of nectar early in the year when not many other plants are in flower. By planting snowdrops, you’ll be building on the eco-system this vital species calls home, so look out for snowdrops for sale in the shops as you explore, so you can take a bit of inspiration from your National Trust day out and help nature in the process. 

Spend some time at the National Trust property at Kingston Lacy to really immerse yourself in the beautiful snowdrops.

Kingston Lacy is well known for its spectacular displays of over 40 varieties of snowdrop from late January to the end of February. The one-and-a-half-mile snowdrop walk passes through the Victorian fernery, meandering down the iconic Lime Avenue and on to Lady’s Walk. You can even join guided snowdrop walks on 12 and 26 February, where you can learn more about the different varieties and discover their long history at Kingston Lacy (£8, booking essential via nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy).

Take a look at more events taking place around the county here.

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