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Where to see snowdrops in Sussex

Nothing brightens up winter like the sight of carpets of snowdrops, jolly little white heralds of better days to come.

Annie Spratt via Unsplash

Now is the perfect time to head out and spot some snowdrop displays locally, alone with a good podcast (our recommendations here) or with the fam. Make sure you check online as many National Trust properties and formal gardens, while still open to local residents, require you to book in advance. If none of the below are local to you, see our tips at the bottom of this list for snowdrop spotting in your ‘hood.

Petworth Park, Petworth

The gardens and grounds at Petworth Park are a visual treat all year long and winter is no exception. Carpets of snowdrops spring up all over the Pleasure Grounds, guaranteed to raise a smile. While you’re there, look out for the herd of fallow deer that roam the park, and bright red dogwood bringing colour to the wintry landscape.

Nymans, near Haywards Heath

More than 1,000 (yep, that’s ONE THOUSAND) snowdrop bulbs have been planted around this gorgeous garden and woodland, along with the lesser-known snowflake which resembles the snowdrop but is taller and with glossier green leaves and flowers resembling green-tipped lanterns. Witch hazel, dogwood and hellebores also bring winter cheer.

Sheffield Park, Uckfield

Yet more carpets of jolly white snowdrops await at this National Trust gem, along with other stunning winter sights by the lake and through the woodland.

Wakehurst Place, Ardingly

Well worth a visit, not just for the snowdrops which appear in lovely carpets around Kew’s sister site here in Sussex, but also for the rest of this exceptional site which is a joy to behold through all of the four seasons.

Beach House Park, Worthing

Snowdrops have been sighted in this park with its four bowling greens, located opposite Worthing Hospital. Plenty of ornamental planting to enjoy too.

Woods Mill, Henfield

The headquarters of the Sussex Wildlife Trust, this nature reserve has plenty to see including old ponds and a lake, ancient woodland and meadows with wild hedgerows. Leave Fido at home, dogs aren’t allowed (except assistance dogs).

West Dean Gardens, Chichester

One of the greatest restored gardens open to the public, West Dean is packed with bulbs ready to erupt including snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils.

Leonardslee Gardens and Lake, Lower Beeding

Always a joy to behold no matter what the season, winter is the time for cold and frosty walks among snowdrops just peeking their heads out and mist over the lake. Watch out for a plethora of wildlife including migrant birds, deer and the resident wallabies.

Leechpool Woods, Horsham

Wander among ancient woodland and spy the signs of spring emerging including snowdrops and lots of wildlife. Listen out for crossbills in the trees overhead.

Hollingbury Woods, Brighton

Parks are always a good bet for snowdrops as many are managed. Hollingbury Park and Woods on Ditchling Road combines park and woodland, ideal for snowdrop-spotting.

Your local hotspot

Nothing here local to you? Go on a quest to find the snowdrops near your front door. At this time of year you’ll see them in many areas of woodland and parkland around Sussex, and they can also be spotted in and around churchyards. Many gardens will also have a clump or two growing so keep your eyes peeled. Drop your local finds in the comments box below and help share the snowdrop love!

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