6 places to view snowdrops in Yorkshire

Fountains Abbey with snowdrops in winter - Jonathan Pow

Fountains Abbey with snowdrops in winter - Jonathan Pow - Credit: Jonathan Pow/jp@jonathanpow.com

Enjoy early signs of spring with dazzling displays of a classic flower

Snowdrops at Goldsbrough Hall, Knaresborough

Snowdrops at Goldsbrough Hall, Knaresborough - Credit: Archant

Goldsborough Hall, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
The spectacular display of snowdrops in 17th-century Goldsborough Hall’s 11-acre royal gardens are made up of two species – single snowdrops Galanthus nivalis and double Galanthus nivalis ‘flore pleno’. The Species Snowdrop Walk, created in 2012 with help from experts Mike Heagney and Della Kerr, both committed galanthophiles, features over 40 rare varieties of snowdrops in a newly cleared area of the woods – some so rare they haven’t yet been named. Go to goldsboroughall.com for times and ticket prices

Snowdrops At Fountains Abbey

Snowdrops At Fountains Abbey - Credit: Martyn Wright

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Ripon, North Yorkshire
Walk on a white carpet of snowdrops as you explore the magnificent 12th-century abbey ruins and amble through the beautiful landscaped Georgian water garden of Studley Royal, complete with Neo-classical statues, follies and breathtaking views. This World Heritage Site, cared for by the National Trust, is set in 323 hectares of beautiful countryside and offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the range of England’s heritage and natural beauty. Go to fountainsabbey.org.uk for information about tickets and opening times

Burton Agnes

Burton Agnes - Credit: Archant

Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield, East Yorkshire
Every February, millions of hardy snowdrops push through the cold winter ground to create a magnificent white carpet across the woodland floor at Burton Agnes Hall, the Cunliffe-Lister’s Elizabethan family home. ‘Our snowdrop walk makes a truly memorable day out at the end of a long winter,’ says Simon Cunliffe-Lister. ‘The beautiful little flowers are such a welcome sight, and grow in numbers each year. This biblical symbol of hope reminds us that winter eventually gives way to spring, and announces the new season.’ Go to burtonagnes.com for more details. information including ticket prices

Snowdrops at Brodsworth

Snowdrops at Brodsworth - Credit: Keith Coates

Brodsworth Hall, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire
The snowdrops are a sight not to be missed at Brodsworth Hall. As well as over half a million of the little white flowers, over 200,000 aconites burst up through the frosty ground all around the garden in February. Discover more at english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/property/brodsworth-hall-and-gardens/events

Kiplin Hall, Richmond, North Yorkshire
Follow the Snowdrop Trail through the gardens and inspiring lakeside setting of Kiplin Hall near Scorton, Richmond. The swathes of snowdrops in February are soon joined by their yellow ‘fellows’, the aconites, throughout the spring. Kiplin Hall was built in 1620 by George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I and founder of the state of Maryland, USA. The 16-room hall is open to the public and the extensive gardens are undergoing restoration. Go to kiplinhall.co.uk for information about tickets and opening times

Mount Grace Piory, North Yorkshire

Mount Grace Piory, North Yorkshire - Credit: Archant

Mount Grace Priory, Northallerton, North Yorkshire
The woodland surrounding this unusual monastery is the ideal snowdrop setting. And it’s as good a reason to discover more about this lesser known English Heritage site. The crumbling masonry and open grassland have become home to a collection of wildlife that has taken advantage of what previous owners, including the monks, left behind. The priory stoats which inhabit the passages under Mount Grace are possibly the best-known colony of stoats in Yorkshire and even the British Isles. Go to english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/property/mount-grace-priory for more information

Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory

Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory - Credit: Christine Sykes

One more just outside Yorkshire

Hodsock Priory, Worksop
The famous snowdrop experience at Hodsock - until March 1st - will again be all about making the most of the priory’s early spring gardens. Hodsock Priory is a privately owned 800-acre estate and is located close to the borders of South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire. It is home to the ninth generation of the Buchanan family who also manage the estate and who mark their 250th anniversary in residency this year. Check out Hodsock snowdrop blog and for more information go to hodsockpriory.com

How you can help

Snowdrops have a long history in this country but it’s uncertain if they are native to the UK. They are found thriving in damp woods and meadows in most European countries, but are not recorded as growing wild here until the late 18th century, according to the Wildlife Trusts. Nevertheless, these tiny plants with their nodding flowers can be found not just in gardens but growing wild throughout the country in grasslands and woods.

The Wildlife Trusts manage many woodland nature reserves sympathetically for a range of spring flowers, from early snowdrops to fragrant wild garlic, showy bluebells to delicate wood anemones. A mix of coppicing, scrub-cutting and ride maintenance open up the woodland floor to the sun, helping many flowers and plants to thrive. You can help too:; volunteer for your local Wildlife Trust and you could be involved in everything from traditional forest crafts to raising awareness about woodland wildlife.

Go to ywt.org.uk to discover how you can help to protect and preserve Yorkshire’s wild places and wildlife.

Share your favourite snowdrop spot with us – just email feedback@yorkshirelire.co.uk or tweet @Yorkshire_Life. We’d love to hear from you.

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