What makes National Trust places so special in winter

Whilst going out for chilly walks or even leaving the house at this cold time of the year may not seem like everyone’s idea of a great time, for many of those who work for the National Trust, it is during these months where our properties and places are in fact transformed into winter wonderlands.

But what makes them so special?

Matthew Ward, Head Gardener at Prior Park, gave the National Trust Magazine Team his thoughts on why winter is so special there:

Prior Park offers great views over Bath and in winter more can be seen, as the trees lose their leaves.

©National Trust Images/Philip Pierce

©National Trust Images/Philip Pierce

We’ve had snow the past few years and it transforms the garden – the grass is carpeted in white and the evergreen trees stand out against the snow.

©National Trust Images/Philip Pierce

©National Trust Images/Philip Pierce

We always try to open at weekends when the snow is lying – as it’s the perfect time to enjoy a bracing walk.

©National Trust Images/Philip Pierce

©National Trust Images/Philip Pierce

Simon Ackeroyd, Garden and Countryside Manager at Polesden Lacey, also gave his reasons on what makes Polesden look so beautiful at this time of the year:

The 30 acre gardens at Polesden Lacey are a magical place at any time of year, but are definitely worth making a trip during winter.

©National Trust Images/James Day

©National Trust Images/James Day

The views are breathtaking particularly when the valley is covered with frost and glistens in the low winter sun. The trees, denuded of their foliage stand upright on the slopes, casting shadows and silhouettes onto the rolling hills.

©National Trust Images/James Day

©National Trust Images/James Day

Of particular interest is the Winter Garden which is the jewel in the crown of this magnificent estate that was so popular with royalty, celebrities and high society during the Edwardian period. In February, Winter Aconites form a stunning carpet of yellow under the canopy of three impressive Persian Ironwood trees (Parrotia persica). The air is heavily scented with the fragrance of Christmas Box (Sarcoccoca humilis) and Winter Sweet (Chimonanthus praecox) which jostle for position among rarer shrubs such as the unusual Parrotiopsis jacqmontiana and Sheperdia argentea. The garden also features over 20 varieties of snowdrops, which over the winter months, makes any National Trust property the perfect place to be.

©National Trust Images/James Day

©National Trust Images/James Day

So why not visit one of our places this winter and have a truly wonderful experience.

Want the chance to write this blog and be a part of the Media & External Affairs team? Applications for the March internships are now open, to download a form please click here.

Read and find more blogs from the National Trust magazine by clicking here.

Blog by Jamie White, Media and Communications (Press Office) Intern

 

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