For the love of snowdrops

LOVERS of galanthus should make a bee-line for North Dorset in February, when Shaftesbury has its annual snowdrop festival, with drifts of the delicate white blooms all round the town.

And don’t miss the snowdrops at Springhead, just down the road (A350) at Fontmell Magna, where the snowdrops will be in full bloom around the beautiful gardens and the lake.

The Springhead gardens will be open Monday to Friday during February from 11am to 3pm, and also over the weekend of 12th to 13th February (when there will be a plant stall).

Entry to the gardens will be free but donations would be appreciated. Dogs on leads are welcome and there is assisted wheelchair access.