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We thank all the Staff and Councillors of Shaftesbury Town Council who have given the project their time and financial support from the very beginning.

About Shaftesbury Snowdrops

What we are doing

Shaftesbury Snowdrops is a unique project to create Britain’s first ‘Snowdrop Town’. Snowdrops are hugely popular, with private estates throughout the country opening their grounds annually to visitors. Shaftesbury is ideally located as a stopover point in the heart of the most beautiful Snowdrop Walks in the South West. Our vision is to create a series of free and accessible Snowdrop walks by planting hundreds of thousands of Snowdrops within the publicly open spaces and along the pathways throughout the town. We are creating a 21st Century Legacy for the local community and our visitors to enjoy. Shaftesbury Snowdrops is a project of Swans Trust (Shaftesbury). We are partly funded by a community grant from Shaftesbury Town Council and through our fund raising activities and local business sponsorship.

Why we are doing it

Shaftesbury is a rapidly growing town and we want to create a legacy that joins the new and the old, something that will last for hundreds of years into the future. The town also relies heavily on tourism. By creating these Snowdrop Walks we will be encouraging visitors to come to the town during the quiet winter period. Needless to say, the visual, spiritual and environmental benefits will be for everyone to enjoy.

Where we are planting

We started at the beginning of 2012 when the mayor Tim Cook, celebrated his civic day by inviting
dignitaries from around the county to plant the first bulbs in the grounds of the Trinity Centre a
deconsecrated church and the landmark tower you can see in our logo. Phase two is creating walks
extending right across this hugely scenic town linking the areas where we have already planted
snowdrops. The gateways into the town are also being planted to welcome people as they arrive into
the town. A planting of some commom but distinctly different snowdrops has been started in the
grounds of the Abbey so that people who are interested can come and learn a little about Galanthus.

Lots to do

We have already planted over 180,000 snowdrops! We'll contiinue the programme of planting
for some years to come. Before planting can begin lots of work needs to done to prepare the
land. Snowdrops grow best in sheltered areas, beneath hedgerows and trees. We need to
clear the overgrown verges, tidy up and plant new hedgerows and of course do lots of
fundraising! Would you like to Volunteer? Please Contact Us we are always looking for
people to get involved with the project.

Can you help?
We would like as many people as possible to get involved. One of the simplest ways is to sponsor some Snowdrops to be planted. Click here to visit our sponsorship page. We've had wonderful generosity from many people who have snowdrops in their gardens and local estates, these snowdrops are transplanted "in the green" (when the flowers have finished but the leaves are still growing) into nursery beds and when they become dormant we plant these around the town too. We also want to encourage people to be actively involved by joining us for ‘public planting days’. If you, your family, friends or workplace would like to join us please drop us a line and we will let you know when the next planting is taking place.

Thanks go to the following people and organisations for their sponorship and help

This page is incomplete as it does not reflect all the generous sponsorship the project has put to good use.

Mayor & MBE-M
First snowdrops at Trinity

Angela Whinfield of "Snape Cottage Plantsman's Garden"Angela shared her expertise in the planting of snowdrops and a gift of the first snowdrops we planted in Shaftesbury in 2012

Liz Martin - Our logo was designed by Liz Martin. Liz, a qualified Graphic Designer, grew up in the South West of England. Now residing in Bermuda but maintaining close contact with home (she visits Shaftesbury several times every year), she has over thirty years experience in the graphics /advertising industry in the South West area, London and overseas.

Lady Catherine Erskine of Cambo and the Scottish Snowdrop Festival who reassured us that it was possible.

Emma Thick (the snowdrop hat lady) is in charge of the Glass Houses at Lord Hestletine's estate has givem her personal time A generous & Patient teacher .

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The lovely hard working team who keep Shaftesbury looking vibrant and help on planting days!

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The Scouts and The Trinity Trust for giving the snowdrops their first home in a quiet green space in town.

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Our Sponsor for the Heritage Collection of Snowdrops

Chris and Alan at Avon Bulbs for their time and support in getting the Shaftesbury SnowdropsHeritage collection started.

The Grown your own Farmers at Shaftesbury Home grown who have given us space in thier raised beds and Greenhouse

Shaftesbury Chamber of Commerce for planting the seed (bulb) that started the whole thing off and using their expertise to help it grow.

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Shaftesbury Snowdrops is a Constituted Community Group. Shaftesbury Snowdrops,c/o Cllr. Tim Cook, Town Hall, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP78LY. E: T: 01747 300174

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