Discover the dazzling snowdrop displays

Snowdrop planting at WallingtonSnowdrop planting at Wallington
Snowdrop planting at Wallington
For that first glimpse of the spring to come, how about seeing drifts of snowdrops across a National Trust landscape?

The little white flowers bloom throughout January and February.

And one of the main National Trust sites for viewing snowdrops in Northumberland is at Wallington.

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A National Trust spokeswoman said: “Over the past four years visiting families have planted more than 400,000 snowdrops at Wallington, and a further 100,000 will be planted this February half-term. We’d love your help to help us make it half a million.

“As well as the common variety, Wallington’s snowdrop display includes a few special ones, including the Northumbrian Sandersii group, which has sulphur-yellow markings instead of green, and the pretty Flore Pleno with double the number of petals.”

The estate features a walled garden, an area filled with snowdrops, vibrant purple iris and yellow winter aconite.

Guests are also encouraged to take a look at the winter garden, an Edwardian conservatory which houses jasmine, begonia and clerodendrum.

The house does not re-open until February 16, but the woodland and estate are open from 10am until dusk every day.