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A best places to see snowdrops in Surrey
By Heather Driscoll-Woodford
BBC Surrey

Snowdrops

"Look!" I exclaim in a high pitched, Enid Blyton character type way. "A lovely snowdrop!" I point excitedly.

"Where?" says my husband, stepping forward to take a closer look at this tiny floral sign that Winter is fading.

"Under your size 11 boot" I reply, glumly gazing down at what is left of the tiny flat plant. Bent and broken. And now just visible under his sole.

But at least there is some consolation. Less recumbent snowdrops without the footprints are still out there to view.

This is possibly your last chance to see carpets of the little white flowers in the wild.

And not just because my husband is still out there in his oversized gum boots. But because the brief but beautiful snowdrop season is almost over.

However, all is not lost as you can still see them at the following places:

RHS Wisley
Head to the Alpine areas, and the woodland settings of the Wild Garden.
Contact: 0845 260 9000
www.rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Wisley

Painshill Park
You'll find the tiny flowers scattered throughout the park or you can follow their Snowdrop Walk.
Contact: 01932 868 113
www.painshill.co.uk

Polesden Lacey
The Winter Garden and the Lime Walk are the best places to see their snowdrops.
Contact: 01372 458203
National Trust: Polesden Lacey

Winkworth Arboretum
The woodlands in the Godalming parkland are home to carpets of snowdrops.
Contact: 01483 208477
National Trust: Winkworth Arboretum

For more places to see snowdrops in the county before they are gone, see This Is Surrey's snowdrop guide .




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