If you love daffodils, beautiful countryside, and a lovely day out, then come along for a guided daffodil walk near the village of Whitegate, in the heart of the Vale Royal, Cheshire.

Guided by Len Tomlinson, you’ll find out about daffodil growing, propogating, competitions, local history of the area and farming, and see many varieties of daffodils that have been cultivated for over a century.

Daffodil walks are made during the height of the growing season – March and April, but every year is different as are the varieties that you’ll see!

Walks for 2016

Our 2015 walks were again a great success, thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed the walks – the contributions brought almost £7000 of fund for Macmillan, despite the weather not always being on our side!

We’ve planted a couple of thousand more bulbs in the woods this year so there’ll be more to see with a bit of luck! We’ve mucked out the fairies (it needs doing every couple of years) and I’ve been on a course for political correctness. They tell me I’m the first person ever to have failed the course, which will be of no surprise to anyone who’s listened carefully during any of the talks or walks!

For those who are organising their diaries in advance, we’re currently looking at dates of Friday 1st April through to and including Sunday 10th. We’ll update on this as the weather progresses!

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Getting ready for the walks

The recent cold snap means that despite the daffodils being on track in February, they’re not quite making that last push to be in full bloom at the very start of the walks, so for the first few days it looks like we won’t have them all in show right away.

There are plenty to see but not in the huge quantities just yet!

Lets hope a bit more of the current warm weather will bring them on – all it takes is a bit of an increase in the soil temperature and they’ll be out quickly!

New for this year is that we’ve got a marquee up so you’ll be able to enjoy your tea, coffee and cakes in nice shelter whatever the weather, and enjoy the view.

We haven’t spotted the fairies just yet but we’re sure they’ll be around the magic oak again this year, putting in an appearance especially for good children!

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Spring Update

I’ve walked around all of the fields today and everything is looking right for a grand show this year!

The Early Sensation are already out, along with the snowdrops. Magnificence (another super early variety) is looking to be on target for mid February.

I’ll be doing guided walks and talks from Monday 23rd March through to Sunday 5th April this year, in the morning for all, and the afternoon for pre-booked groups!

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Christmas Daffodils

Daffodils seem to be quite forward and in very good condition, but they will slow down when the weather turns colder – we will update in the new year, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our readers.

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