February Update

With many of you seeing Daffodils already in bloom around the area and in your own Gardens I have been receiving a lot of enquires about the dates for The Open days and daffodil Walks.  We have added a further 2 days at the beginning of the planned dates therefore opening from Wednesday 30th March – Sunday 10th April (Unfortunately we are unable to open over the Easter weekend prior)

Will there still  be much to see?  I hear you ask.

Indeed the Daffodils here at the farm are currently approximately 2 weeks earlier than average. But don’t worry in  the main field with the  impact,  the Daffs are only just coming through.  Having said that there appears to an abundance of buds on the early varieties with flowers lasting extremely well due to large moisture in the plants.      So what we are expecting  is that come the Open dates you will see the mid to late flowering varieties, which includes a lot of the whites and unusual. Looks like being a bumper crop!!!

Im taking bookings now for Guided Tours, 10.30am daily, £5.00 includes refreshments.  *Also if you are a group of 6 or more Len will be happy to take your group at 2pm ( We don’t schedule this in every day as we feel the Old Codger needs some time off now he’s knocking on a bit!!! ;-), again call me if you’d like to arrange this.

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January Update

I was in the U.K., last week and looking at the daffodils I would say that they may begin flowering a little earlier than normal, but seem to be in very good condition owing to the rainfall this backend, there will be lots of flowers to see all through the walks.

The walks this year will begin on the 30th of March running through to the 10th of April.

Contact Gail Jackson for guided bookings taking place each morning at 10.30am, also self guided walks where you can pick up a map and follow the well signed trail from 10am to 3pm each day. (gates close 4pm)

Guided tour including refreshments is £5.00 ,

Self walks:  Adults – £2.00, Children £1.00

Refreshments can be purchased at the walks centre.   All proceeds will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Care to help to continue their excellent work.

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Christmas Update

The first daffodils – Early Sensation – are out two weeks early at Whitegate, but most of the other daffodils are just starting to peep through and with the amount of rain that we’ve had, they look to be in very good condition, and so the flowers should have far more substance than when the weather has been dry.

Hopefully the season will be a little longer than normal!

We’re still on target for the last week in March and the first week in April, please see the booking section for details!

The weather at the moment is very mild, but we’ll obviously get a cold snap that’ll slow things down again.

Hope you have a great Christmas and New Year, and look forward to seeing many of you again in the Spring! I’m now on my way back to Ireland to stop some Guinness from going bad.

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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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