Snowdrop walks to aid St John

Mary Rudd Brinton Hall which dates from the 16th century and was rebuilt in 1822 provides a lovely setting for a snow-drop walk for charity on Sunday, February 17.

Mary Rudd

Brinton Hall which dates from the 16th century and was rebuilt in 1822 provides a lovely setting for a snow-drop walk for charity on Sunday, February 17.

The parkland sweeps down to the lake and water meadows, and a marked woodland walk takes you through a carpet of snowdrops which have been naturalised over the last century.

The walk combined with many unusual trees and different winter planting and a hot house make it a really interesting garden to visit at this time of year.

The gardens will be open from 1 to 4pm and admission will be £3 with children under 12 being admitted at no charge and home made teas will be available.

All the funds raised on the day will support the work of St John Ambulance in Norfolk.

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Funds from a snowdrop walk at Walsingham Abbey on February 16 from 10am until 4pm will also support the same charity and there you will be able to enjoy home made lunches and teas.

You will find the 22 acres of the historic building awash with snowdrops. In the woodland area, they are so dense they can look like a carpet of snow.

The work of St John Ambulance might sometimes be taken for granted, when they are on duty at hundreds of events each year from small fetes to large concerts. But the charity receives no government funding. In Norfolk, St John also sponsors a nurse at the specialist eye hospital in Jerusalem.

County president Georgina Holloway said: “We have teams of wonderful volunteers around Norfolk who contribute so much to the work of St John whether it is

helping with our young first aiders, known as badgers, or those out at events and many who help deliver first aid courses to groups and businesses.

“We hope many people will enjoy the snowdrop walks and help the very good work carried out by St John.”