Snowdrops at Hodsock

The snowdrop garden and Horsepasture Wood at Hodsock Priory are scheduled to reopen to the public again next spring.

George Buchanan, current resident and manager of Hodsock Priory, has announced that his popular snowdrop garden and woodland will open, once again, for four weeks next spring to the general public.

The north Nottinghamshire estate will be opening daily from 4th February until the 5th March 2017.

Snowdrops at Hodsock, as the four week event is known, has always been a popular time of year for the priory, with visitors gathering from all areas to view the flowers that are said to ‘uncover spring from winter’.

Each year, visitors can discover five acres of formal planted flowers, landscaped in the 1820s, a further 12 acres of beech woodland in Horsepasture Wood which claims to be the home of oak trees of up to 400 years old, and of course the renowned snowdrop garden.

The woodland trail that runs through Horsepasture Wood and the snowdrop garden, is suitable for children and adults from all abilities with regular viewpoints and resting places.

George says: “Each year we strive to be better than the year before. I’m out and about on the estate every day throughout the season and listen to our visitors.”

Snowdrops at Hodsock also offers a marquee tearoom, the Woodland Café, which serves cream teas, hot soups and lunches. A camp fire is also lit every day in the Glade, where visitors are invited to sit around, enjoy a picnic and hot drink and listen to a history talk given by George Buchanan himself.

George added: I’ll then see them enjoying a light lunch, afternoon tea, or inevitably browsing the plant sales area hoping to take ‘a little bit of Hodsock’ home with them.”

Plants and gifts can be bought from the sales area that is run by locally-based Floral Media. The sales will be located next to Hodsock’s Tudor Gatehouse.The snowdrop gardens will stay open between 10am and 4pm during the four week opening.

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