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PICTURES: Walkers enjoy arrival of snowdrops at Daws Hall Nature Reserve in Lamarsh




Daws Hall Trust, Henny Road, Lamarsh.Snowdrop Celebration Open Day at Daws Hall in Lamarsh. Lisabel 12 and Johnny 5 Grahame from Lamarsh Picture Mark Westley. (7077039)
Daws Hall Trust, Henny Road, Lamarsh.Snowdrop Celebration Open Day at Daws Hall in Lamarsh. Lisabel 12 and Johnny 5 Grahame from Lamarsh Picture Mark Westley. (7077039)

Celebrating the advent of the snowdrop, the first flower of the year, was the order of the day on Sunday.

Carpeting the 25-acre nature reserve at Daws Hall in Lamarsh are scores of snowdrops, and visitors were entranced by the small white and green plant that has come to symbolise the fact that winter has turned to spring.

Daws Hall Trust, Henny Road, Lamarsh.Snowdrop Celebration Open Day at Daws Hall in Lamarsh. Linda Laisure, Glenis and Steve Overett and Liz Ware from Ipswich Picture Mark Westley. (7077054)
Daws Hall Trust, Henny Road, Lamarsh.Snowdrop Celebration Open Day at Daws Hall in Lamarsh. Linda Laisure, Glenis and Steve Overett and Liz Ware from Ipswich Picture Mark Westley. (7077054)

Amy Sutcliffe, head of education at Daws Hall, said: “We have a set route around the reserve taking in the gardens, including a beautiful avenue of snowdrops for people to enjoy.

“There’s another chance for people to come along when we hold our second open day on Sunday, from noon to 4pm.

“The weather wasn’t too grand last weekend, but it’s looking ok for this weekend, so we are expecting more people to come along.”

Daws Hall Trust, Henny Road, Lamarsh.Snowdrop Celebration Open Day at Daws Hall in Lamarsh. Vally and Bob Hudson from Sudbury Picture Mark Westley. (7077056)
Daws Hall Trust, Henny Road, Lamarsh.Snowdrop Celebration Open Day at Daws Hall in Lamarsh. Vally and Bob Hudson from Sudbury Picture Mark Westley. (7077056)

The nature reserve has three large ponds are visitors were able to watch wildfowl which live in the reserve or are attracted to the area.

“We have red-breasted geese, which is the image we use on our own logo, along with eider ducks and mandarin ducks.

“They are all in their breeding colours at the moment, which is lovely,” added Amy.

Daws Hall Trust, Henny Road, Lamarsh.Snowdrop Celebration Open Day at Daws Hall in Lamarsh. Vally and Bob Hudson from Sudbury Picture Mark Westley. (7077057)
Daws Hall Trust, Henny Road, Lamarsh.Snowdrop Celebration Open Day at Daws Hall in Lamarsh. Vally and Bob Hudson from Sudbury Picture Mark Westley. (7077057)

On Sunday, a trip around the reserve to see the snowdrops costs £6 for adults, with children free.

The entry fee includes a hot drink and snack, such as biscuits and cake. No dogs are allowed due to the wildfowl. For more information, go to www.dawshallnature.co.uk.


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