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Where to see snowdrops in Suffolk: 9 perfect places

PUBLISHED: 17:04 11 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:22 17 January 2018

Snowdrops behind Snape Church (c) Tomas, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Snowdrops behind Snape Church (c) Tomas, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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As one year rolls into the next the floors of our Suffolk countryside and woodland become carpeted in stunning white snowdrops – here are 9 of the best spots to see them

1) Kentwell Hall

Despite the beautiful red-brick Tudor mansion being closed at this time of year, the surrounding parkland is open for visitors on selected dates throughout late winter and early spring.

There are a number of trails running through the gardens and farm, each offering a different view of the many spring bulbs on show. In 2017 the snowdrops lasted well into March so there should be plenty of opportunity to walk alongside this distinctive flower.

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2) Ickworth House

This impressive 18th century country house near Bury St Edmunds is surrounded by tranquil parkland and it is there that you will find carpets of snowdrops. Along Lady Geraldine’s, Erskines and Albana Walk the snowdrops are complemented by the bright golden hues of their next door neighbours, the aconites.

If you’ve not yet got anything planned for Valentine’s Day then there will be guided tours on February 14 and 21 where the Outdoors Manager will give you a unique insight into the conditions that make the area such a thriving environment.

Snowdrops, Ickworth House

3) Blakenham Woodland Garden

A six-acre area of woodland formerly owned by the MP for Sudbury and Woodbridge, John Blakenham, the garden is full of unusual specimens that held a specific personal resonance for Blakenham.

Today it is a charitable trust in the hands of Michael Blakenham and he tries to strike a balance between what is cultivated and what is naturally occurring. Although not normally open until the beginning of March, the garden will be open under the National Garden Scheme on February 18 and April 29 where snowdrops will be joined by an array of other spring flowers.

Marcia Blakenham shows off her Blakenham Woodland Garden Snowdrops. Picture: GREGG BROWN Marcia Blakenham shows off her Blakenham Woodland Garden Snowdrops. Picture: GREGG BROWN

4) Thornham Estate

Located in north Suffolk on the River Dove, snowdrops will begin to emerge every new year across the 2000 acres of parkland that make up this grand estate.

In total there are over 12 miles of walkable tracks open to the public as well as a walled garden and a café to provide refreshment after a long countryside walk. The Henniker-Major family have looked after the site for over 200 years and to this day they ensure the woodland, rivers and meadows are preserved for future generations.

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5) Sotterley Estate

Just a 15-minute drive from the glorious Suffolk coast, you could double up on a day out by following a wander at Covehithe with a snowdrop stroll around the 400 acres of the estate’s carefully managed woodland.

It’s no surprise that the estate’s rolling parkland, lake, ancient woodland, Georgian mansion and 12th century church have been featured in productions like the BBC’s ‘Battle of the Somme’ documentary and an adaptation of a Ruth Rendell thriller – it really is that breathtaking.

Snow By The Tree

6) Gable House

Another stunning garden located near the Suffolk coast, Gable House will be opening up for Snowdrop Day on February 18. The garden’s owner, John, has developed a large collection of other plants that pack in a considerable impact within a relatively small area.

Admission is £4 per adult and children go free. There will also be hot soup and home made teas on offer while you will be able to purchase bulbs or plants to take back to your own garden.

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7) Bradfield Woods

Snowdrops are just one of the 370 species of plant that grow in a woodland area many consider to be one the finest examples of ancient forest remaining in Britain. Located 15 minutes away from Bury St Edmunds, a number of walks criss-cross the area, giving you many options for snowdrop spotting.

Incredibly, the stools left by coppicing are some of the oldest living things in Suffolk – a perfect demonstration that you’re walking through history while embarking on your winter stroll.

Bradfield Woods Suffolk

8) Nowton Park

Despite being most commonly known for its enormous display of 100,000 daffodils, this park on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds also possesses snowdrops and other wildflowers in their wildflower meadow.

Spread over 200 acres, there is loads to do for all sorts of requirements whether you need to keep the kids occupied or if you’re a keen amateur ornithologist.

9) The Place for Plants

This family-run plant centre on the Suffolk-Essex border is well renowned for its extensive and varied selection of plants: they now have over 6000 different species of trees, shrubs, ferns, climbers, grasses or just about any other sort of flora you could imagine.

The snowdrop will be the only focus on February 6, however, as garden owner Rupert takes you on an informative walk around the snowdrops and other shrubs. Tickets are £19 and include a hot drink and cake on arrival.

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