ESSEX: Snowdrop Sundays get underway at the Gardens of Easton Lodge
THE first of four Snowdrop Sundays at the Gardens of Easton Lodge were officially opened by Sir Alan Haselhurst yesterday (Sunday 21 February). The Uttlesford MP cut the ribbon in the presence of Brian and Diana Creasey who have worked tireless over recen
THE first of four Snowdrop Sundays at the Gardens of Easton Lodge were officially opened by Sir Alan Haselhurst yesterday (Sunday 21 February).
The Uttlesford MP cut the ribbon in the presence of Brian and Diana Creasey who have worked tireless over recent decades to restore the gardens.
They were joined at the opening by members of the public and Little Easton Parish Council and some of the gardens' trustees.
The trustees and a team of volunteers are working to ensure a regular series of open days in 2010 at the historic haunt of Edward VII who regularly visited "Darling Daisy", Countess of Warwick, over 100 years ago.
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The blooming of the thousands of snowdrops across the grounds has become a much loved feature of the gardens, heralding the approach of spring. This year, after such a snowy winter, they were more welcome than ever.
Speaking at the event, Sir Alan said: "The Gardens of Easton Lodge are a jewel in Essex's rural crown. The carpet of snowdrops is a picture in all weathers.
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"This joyous sight provides an early hint that spring is on the way."
Home made soups and cakes are being served on each of the Sunday openings in the courtyard of Warwick House, set amid the gardens, to sustain visitors who venture out to see the first signs of spring.
Snowdrops 'in the green' are also available for purchase for those looking to start - or add to - their own snowdrop carpets.
Opening times for the next three Snowdrop Sundays (February 28, March 7 and 14) are 12 noon to 4pm. Tickets cost just �2.50 for adults, children enter free.
Further information is available from the recorded information service on 01371 876979, online at www.eastonlodge.co.uk or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gardens of Easton Lodge are located just outside Great Dunmow in Little Easton, off the B184 (Great Dunmow to Saffron Walden road). Follow the brown heritage signs.
Pictured is Sir Alan Haselhurst MP opening the event with Brian and Diana Creasey Picture: SUBMITTED