The Little Wood area at Prehen House is alive with snowdrops....and we went for a wee dander to see them, Alison Hancock had opened the house from 11-2 on Sunday past, and was serving tea and cakes for Foyle Hospice all day. I nipped up about 11am for look and was delighted to see such a glorious display. Wee Connie (with baby in tow) was in her element skipping through them. They snowdrops are just passing their peak now so it you want to see then get up as soon as you can!
Was up Prehen House and the snowdrops in the Little Wood area around Prehen House were brilliant, a great show.
Now Alison and Colin has suggested they open the grounds up for interested people to have a good dander around....
I think it would be nice for people to come to the little woods with the snowdrops
I was part of an enthusiastic group that turned up at Downhill on Sunday past for a 'Behind the scenes' tour of Downhill, which was beautifully complimented by an amazing display of Snowdrops in the Bishops Gate entranceway. Toby Edwards and John Herbert were our guides for the day....
as Toby says "these 'behind the scenes' style tours showcase the efforts of the staff and volunteers that often go un-noticed"
Whilst the glen woodlands/arboretum themselves were the created vision of the
Some amazing pictures showcasing the restoration work undertaken in the Bishops Gate area can be found here on the Downhill National Trust Facebook Page.
My thanks to Toby and John from National Trust for a most enjoyable day, and thanks to Jonathan Todd for the pictures.
If you can folks, get up to Downhill, park at the Bishops Gate and go enjoy some of the most amazing drifts of snowdrops I've seen anywhere in County Derry.... visit the Downhill official website here for opening hours etc, learn more about the Invasive species removal work at Downhill here
After being extended an invite to visit Gleveagh National Park to check out the snowdrops, I took advantage of the mighty weather on the first day of the mid-term break and took Gracie for a wee drive over. Around an hour from Derry, Glenveagh Castle and Gardens are a plant enthusiasts delight, It's hard not to be distracted by the wide range of flora on show, but my mission was snowdrops...and was I in for a treat! There are 10 varieties on show in Glenveagh...get yourself over and see if you can spot them all, many are just going past their best at the moment so get over this week!!
It was fierce wet day....but after postponing on the 27th jan, Melanie Cunningham was keen to not dissapoint so agreed to excuse the puddles on the Ashbrook House lawns and let the good folks in to see the Snowdrops around the gardens of Ashbrook House, and we weren't dissapointed, there are some large clumps in the front lawn, and also all over the front of the house there are clumps here, there and everywhere, including some of the large leaved snowdrops.
(and even Rhododendron 'Christmas Cheer' flowered for us too!!)
Last sunday saw the second of our snowdrop walks take place in the BeechHill House - (see here for the original post).
It was cold, but it was dry, and we had a lovely walk aroudn the path network that was installed last year (see here for our autumn walk), the joy of an old woodland like whats found in the BeechHill is that it changes every few months, now its the time for the Snowdrops and then it'll be bluebells and Rhododendrons....so always worth stopping in every few months for a dander
The path network in the BeechHill is 4km of nice level pathways, we followed the blue trail, which bring us around 30 acres of woodland. During our walk we were lucky enough to see the snowdrops just starting to 'bud up'.
So if your looking for a wee dander then a great place to head for is the BeechHill.....
January 27th **rescheduled till 10th feb**sees our third planned outing to see glorious Snowdrops in all their woodland splendid, thsi time in the ancient woodland of Ashbrook House, Ardmore.
Ardmore has a good show of Snowdrops set well amongst the mature woodland which surrounds the 17th century house.
27th jan **rescheduled to 10th feb**
Woodland walk with snowdrop focus
buggies - no
dogs - no
Cost £5 per person
Also on the day the Historic Ashbrook Hosue will be open for those who wish a tour of the property.
If you fancy it, leave a comment below....and wrap up warm if your coming!!
20th January sees our second planned Snowdrop walk of the year, this time to BeechHill Hotel in Ardmore.
From 2-4pm there will be a woodland walk through the grounds of BeechHill unearthing the glorious snowdrop drifts which exist there.
This event is open to all , the joy of the BeechHill is that with the new path networks this is especially good for buggies and the likes.
Woodland walk with snowdrop focus
Cost £4 per family suggested donation for charity
Please leave a comment below if you fancy it...
Another event added to the City of HortiCulture 2013 calender of events.
A Snowdrop walk in Prehen Woods
Nothing makes us feel like spring is just around the corner more than seeing large sways of snowdrops....and we're guranteed that in Prehen.
Definitely a day to bring the camera...and the family for explore an ancient woodland and dander through the snowdrops. If you've never seen Snowdrops en-masse then you need to come along to this.
Date 13th jan
Location Prehen Wood
Meet up in Prehen House and head down in a group
Dress: Its january...its derry....you know the score!!
Dogs - yeah
Buggies no, but kids aye
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