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Snowdrop walks in Suffolk

Tiptoe through the Snowdrops

We may be in the depths of winter, but Mother Nature is still planning to put on a beautiful show of snowdrops for us during February and perhaps March, if we are lucky.

The scientific name for Snowdrops is Galanthus, meaning 'milk flower' and these delicate little flowers have also been known as 'Candlemas bells' and, perhaps more romantically, 'fair maids of February'.

Below are some of the best spots in Suffolk to see them on display.

Snowdrop walks in Suffolk

Ickworth House Garden and Park, nr Bury St Edmunds

The Ickworth House parkland is a wonderful spot to head to for a winter's walk among snowdrops. Follow the path along the Lady Geraldine's Walk and The Albana Walk, where carpets of snowdrops are complemented by the golden glow of aconites.

The house has limited opening during the winter months, but the gardens, parkland and cafe are all open.

Black and white lambs (c) Martin PettittBlack and white lambs at Ickworth House (c) Martin Pettitt

Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds

Nowton Park near Bury St Edmunds covers almost 200 acres of countryside, which was landscaped over 100 years ago in a style typical of the Victorian era. It has wild flower meadows, mixed woodland, wildlife ponds and an arboretum stocked with trees from around the world.

Best known for its spectacular display of around 100,000 daffodils, snowdrops are also to be seen on woodland walks around the park.

Blakenham Woodland Garden, nr Ipswich

Blakenham Woodland Garden near Ipswich is a fine collection of traditional English woodland mixed with more exotic trees, shrubs and flowers which have been planted over a period of 50 years.

The six acre garden opens in the spring, with special days to celebrate the snowdrops.

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The Place for Plants, East Bergholt

At its prime in the spring, the 20 acre aboretum at the Place for Plants is full of unusual trees, shrubs, topiary and a series of ponds. It will be open for a Snowdrop and Garden Walk, led by owner Rupert Eley at 10.30am on Tuesday 18th February.  Tickets include tea and coffee on arrival.

Kentwell Hall, Long Melford

Take a woodland walk around the grounds of Kentwell Hall, a mellow-bricked Tudor mansion in the village of Long Melford. The snowdrops will be the first flowers of the season to show their faces, followed later by masses of daffodils, primroses, cowslips violets, forget-me-nots and finally in May, carpets of bluebells will take centre stage.

Open - 15th Feb - 8th March, 11am - 4pm.

Spring flowers at Kentwell Hall, Long Melford © ShowCaptureDaffodils at Kentwell Hall in Suffolk ©

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