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Why it could be a bumper year for snowdrops

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 20, 2014

  • 20/01/14 Snowdrops at Hopton? Hopton Hall, First Sign of Snowdrops - Spencer Tollis

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SNOWDROPS are already shooting up at a visitor attraction near Ashbourne, nearly two weeks before it opens its gates to the public.

Hopton Hall, which puts on one of the best displays of the winter blooms in the Ashbourne area, is due to open for its Snowdrops at Hopton Hall event on Saturday, February 1 but the small white flowers are already putting in an appearance.

Spencer Tallis, who manages the estate, near Carsington Water, says he thinks this year’s crop has popped up early due to the mild winter - which bodes well for his visitors.

He said: “I think they’re definitely a bit earlier this year. By the time we’re open, if the mild weather does continue, we should have a really good display, whereas some previous years there’s not been much about come February the first.”

The snowdrops are joined in some patches by small yellow aconites and, because the snowdrops spread every year, Mr Tallis says this year could be the best display yet.

The gardens will stay open until Sunday, March 2. To find out more visit www.hoptonhall.co.uk

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