Wentworth Woodhouse gardens open for snowdrop tours

By Dave Doyle | 20/02/2018

Wentworth Woodhouse gardens open for snowdrop tours

NATURE lovers are being invited to take in the floral delights of the “back yard” of Rotherham’s biggest stately home.

Wentworth Woodhouse is opening its 83-acre grounds for its first ever snowdrop tours this month.

Visitors will be guided around the gardens, which are normally hidden by the Grade I-listed Georgian mansion.

They currently feature drifts of the seasonal white blooms, as well as cheerful banks of yellow daffodils.

The mile-long tours follow in the footsteps of celebrated aristocrats and royalty, including a young Princess Victoria, King George V and Queen Mary.

Scott Jamieson, head gardener for the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust, said: “For many years, the private gardens have been closed off to visitors, but this month we’re delighted to be able to invite people to join us for our special guided walks.

“Over the last four years, our team of just two gardeners have divided and replanted the snowdrops to create a growing display of winter flowers.

“It has been a real labour of love and it’s only this year that we have been able to open the gardens to the public.”

Garden tour tickets cost £5 and money raised will go towards conservation of the house and grounds.

Snowdrop tours will run until the end of the month.

To book and see more information about dates and times, visit www.wentworthwoodhouse.co.uk or call the office on 01226 351161.