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See the stunning snowdrop displays at historic hospice

Where: Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, Church Road, Cheltenham GL53 0QJ

When: Saturday, February 1, 10.30am to 1pm

Volunteers are opening the doors at a Gloucestershire hospice next month to give the one-off chance to view the beautiful snowdrop displays around its historic grounds.

Snowdrop walks take place at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice on Saturday, February 1, from 10.30am until 1pm, followed by the chance to enjoy freshly ground coffee and homemade cake at the hospice's regular Coffee at the Court pop up coffee morning in the bright and welcoming day hospice building.

Organiser Paulette Vallois said: "We're inviting everyone to come and enjoy the beauty and wonder of the stunning snowdrops and hellebores here at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice at our Snowdrop Walk Open Garden."

"The welcoming sight of snowdrops tells us winter is moving towards spring, and we're lucky to have such a fine display of them around our historic hospice grounds just outside Cheltenham. With snowdrops and hellebores currently in bud, we expect to see a magnificent display in time for our February Snowdrop Walk."

Entrance to the gardens is £3 and coffee and cake available in return for donations, with all funds raised on the day helping to support local families needing the expert and compassionate palliative care and bereavement support of the Sue Ryder hospice.

David Bill, head gardener at the hospice, said: "There are a huge number of snowdrop cultivars - Galanthus Nivalis being the most common early flowering. We also have varieties including Faringdon Double, Three Ships and Cedric Morris too.

"Snowdrops will flower from January to March and our grounds host an array of other winter flowers including helleborus, cyclamen, and narcissus as well as attractive dogwood and numerous trees and shrubs, which makes it a great time to come and enjoy our gardens!"

"Huge thanks to our team of gardening volunteers who lovingly tend our gardens and grounds year round, allowing our floral displays to flourish."

For more information on the Snow Drop Walks at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice visit the Leckhampton Court Volunteer Fundraising Group Facebook page.

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