With a mild winter behind us and the warm weather set to continue, the signs of spring are appearing across the Woburn Abbey Gardens and Deer Park. The Abbey is open daily from the 11th April and the final Spring clean is underway but in the meantime the Gardens and Grounds are open for you to enjoy every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
On the 2nd March, the Gardens hosted over 60 visitors connected to the Milton Keynes Bereaved Parents Group. Throughout 2013 this group have planted a Snowdrop Walk within the Gardens in memory of the children they have lost. Last weekend the group returned to see the snowdrops in bloom and to unveil a plaque explaining this tribute to other visitors.
Join us on the 5th and 6th of April for our next Come and Grow event where one of the activities being demonstrated will be the planting of snowdrops. That weekend our RHS qualified gardeners will also being showing you how to successfully propagate plants from seeds. There will be a tour of the Gardens (included with entry) taking place at 12 noon. If you wish to take part, please meet outside The Duchess' Shop.
Elsewhere in the Gardens there are lots of other Spring flowers to see. The crocuses bring a splash of vibrant colour amongst the lush green grass. Make sure you take a moment to enjoy the wide range of daffodils and narcissi as you wander through the 28 acres. Visitors are welcome to take photographs for personal use anywhere in the Gardens, so remember to bring your camera and capture these colourful blooms in the March sunshine.
Out in the Deer Park, the signs of Spring are starting to appear too. The Pére David (Milu) will be the first to give birth with their calves starting to appear in April. Before then, the Red Deer have started to cast their antlers and will soon be followed by the other species. These antlers are lost and regrown annually in time for the rutting season in the Autumn. If you spot any cast antler within the Deer Park, please do not pick it up. Our Deer Park Team collect in these pieces of antler for use elsewhere on the Estate.