A conservation charity is appealing for families to help them plant 100,000 snowdrops this February half term.
The snowdrops will form part of a winter trail at the National Trust’s Wallington in Northumberland, which the Trust say will become a stunning seasonal attraction for 2016.
Julie Thomson, events and marketing manager at Wallington told us:
“The trail will start in front of the house on the East Lawn, where we’ll be planting special varieties of snowdrops under trees. It will continue into the East Woods, trail round the China Pond and on towards the Walled Garden. It’s a mammoth task so we need all the help we can get, and we hope the results will be spectacular. This is a great way to get the kids outdoors this half term and to learn a bit about gardening too.”
The significance of the Trust asking visitors to muck in with the gardening at Wallington lies in the history of the place. The whole estate was gifted to the nation by Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan back in 1941, and the Trust wants their visitors to feel right at home.
“We’re saying to people Wallington isn’t ours, it’s yours. Come and help us to create a beautiful winter garden that we hope will encourage people to visit in one of our quieter months. It’s only through your support that we’re able to look after Wallington for the nation.”
Snowdrop planting is just one of the ways in which you can get hands on with nature this February half term with the National Trust. At Souter Lighthouse and The Leas in South Tyneside you can make bird boxes to take home as part of national bird box week, and at Cragside you can join a volunteer for bird watching and to plant some broad beans.
Other half term family events with the National Trust include stargazing at Allen Banks in the Tyne Valley, daily themed activities at Gibside in the Derwent Valley and outdoor adventures at Cherryburn near Stocksfield. And of course there’s always the Trust’s list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ to keep the kids occupied.
“The National Trust has so much to offer families this February half term, whether you come along to an event, go on a self- led family trail through the house or woods or just pop in to tick off a few more of your 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾.”
For a full list of events taking place with the National Trust this half term log onto www.nationaltrust.org.uk/northeast