Snowdrops

2018 SNOWDROP SEASON

31st January to 4th March

 OPEN Wednesday to Sunday and always CLOSED on Monday and Tuesday

11am to 4pm.     (car parked locked 5.00pm)

£7.00 adults,   £6.00 concessions,   £3.00 children (4-16)  under 4 years free

Dogs kept on leads are welcome

PLANT FAIR ON WEDNESDAY 28th  FEBRUARY and  THURSDAY 1st MARCH

see details on Events Page

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

The greek name for snowdrops is GALANTHUS,  (gala = milk,  anthos = flower) and there are now more than 200 species. The common woodland species Nivalis,  is very prevalent in the Lambourn Valley. The Galanthus Nivalis display here at Welford Park is in a beech wood covering approximately 5 acres alongside the River Lambourn. In the formal gardens to the South of the Queen Anne House you can view some of the rarer species from Lord Monostictus, Green Tips, Lady Elphinstone, John Gray, Hippolyta,  Desdomena, Virdipice, Collosus, Woronowii, S. Arnott, Brenda Troyle  and many more.

Snowdrops are nearly always found in abbey ruins and graveyards, and were planted by Norman monks as a symbol of purity and the cleansing of the earth after winter. Some of the greatest snowdrop displays in England were all originally monastic sites ie Walsingham Abbey, Hodsock Priory, Anglesey Abbey and Welford Park.

We think the snowdrops here at Welford Park were planted by the Norman monks to decorate their Church for the feast of Candlemas, and also for medicinal use. The monks harvested snowdrops and used to rub them on the temple of people suffering from “mal au tete”. Close to the snowdrop woods we have also found wild aconitum, petasites and mistletoe all of which have strong healing properties

Each year we make donations to West Berkshire charities.   In 2018 we will be supporting :

Mary Hare School 

Rosemary Appeal Newbury Hospital

Recovery in Mind

St Gregory’s Church, Welford

NGS Yellow Book Charities on  Wednesday 7 February 2018

Macmillan Cancer Support on Wednesday 28 February and Thursday 1st March for the Plant Fair

 
It is always very hard choosing which charities as we get so many applications, so if you applied please do not lose hope, please try again.