SEASONAL showcases and nature-centric activities will celebrate the spirit of spring during a special, curated experience at the Gardens of Easton Lodge.

The Nature in the Gardens open day, which takes place this Sunday, will see visitors explore the beguiling wildlife and vibrant flowers of the beautiful Grade II listed estate, and conduct bug hunts and bird walks alongside local naturalist Jono Forgham.

The Gardens’ beekeepers will also be buzzing to show off the hard work of their pollinating honey bees, as well as educate and inform attendees on the furry flyers’ communicative dance routine and habitat habits.

A whole host of fauna specialists such as the Essex Bat Group, Uttlesford Badger Group and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds will also only be a question away from answering any wildlife-themed queries and the Thaxted Morris dancers will provide a sense of traditionalism in the form of some folky entertainment.

Speaking about the open day Claire Matthews, a Gardens of Easton Lodge trustee, said: “We are really excited about the Nature day on Sunday.

‘‘The nature activities that Jono Forgham will be leading will be great fun for young and older visitors alike and he is such an expert he will be able to put a name to anything that’s found by the visitors.

‘‘We are also looking forward to showing visitors how much progress we are making in restoring the gardens and now there has been a little rain, the gardens will be looking really lush for the open day.”

The Nature in the Gardens open day between 11.30am-5pm and entrance fee is £4.50 for adults and free for under 16s.