A STUNNING display of winter flowers is set to draw the crowds at a country estate.

A carpet made of tens of thousands of snowdrops will emerge from the ground in the wintery woodland of Robins Grove at the Marks Hall Estate, near Coggeshall.

The snowdrop spectacular can be enjoyed throughout February, with a special trail running throughout half term from February 14-23.

As well as the common snowdrop – galanthus nivalis – the estate is also home to several different varieties, with some believed to have originated from bulbs first planted hundreds of year ago.

Arboretum manager Ian Chandler said: “The arrival of these stunning white flowers is a welcome sight after a long cold winter, and is always a sure sign that spring is on its way.

“We are incredibly lucky to be home to a large collection of snowdrops, including several unusual varieties.

“Alongside the snowdrop display, visitors can enjoy woodland walks and explore the 200-acre arboretum, which includes a magnificent tree collection from all over the world.

“These produce a beautiful display that covers the ground in Robins Grove and attracts thousands of visitors every year.”

Families are invited to discover the stunning displays and complete the snowdrop fact-finding quest to claim their very own snowdrop prize.

Mr Chandler said: “Our team has also created a fantastic trail for our youngest visitors so they can learn more about snowdrops and those who complete the trail can even take one home to plant in their own garden.”

After exploring what the estate has to offer, visitors can warm themselves by the fire in the Orchard Kitchen cafe to enjoy homemade cakes and lunches.

Entry is included in the standard admission charge and there is a small charge to take part in the Snowdrop Trail.

The estate is also hosting the International Garden Photographer of the Year until February 29.