Spring at Dudmaston

Magnolia at Dudmaston in Shropshire

Dudmaston is full of the joys of spring. The garden and parkland are waking up as buds come into blossom and new leaves emerge on the trees. Don't forget to listen out for the new season too. Birdsong brings the woodland and pools to life at this time of year.

Cheery colours of springtime at Dudmaston
Spring daffodils in the garden at Dudmaston in Shropshire
Cheery colours of springtime at Dudmaston

Daffodils and crocuses mark the early days of the new season. The magnolia tree in the garden comes into bloom slowly from late March, followed by the azaleas, rhododendrons and bluebells in April and May.

" One of my favourite rhododendron is the Sappho. It has pure white flowers with a contrasting deep crimson centre. It's a true sign that spring is in full swing in the garden. "
- Maureen, Garden volunteer

Look out for the apple blossom in orchard. Each time you visit in spring, you'll notice more and more frothy, white buds bursting into life on the trees. 

Apple blossom in the orchard at Dudmaston
Last bloom of apple blossom at Dudmaston in Shropshire
Apple blossom in the orchard at Dudmaston

Spring in the Kitchen Garden

There's lots of work to be done in spring in the Kitchen Garden. It's a little early in the year to see plants and vegetables growing, but we promise there's lots happening beneath the soil. Look out for new shoots every time you visit. 

Fresh produce grown in the Kitchen Garden at Dudmaston
Fresh produce from the kitchen garden at Dudmaston in Shropshire
Fresh produce grown in the Kitchen Garden at Dudmaston


Bluebells at Dudmaston

A walk in a bluebell wood in springtime is one of nature's most extraordinary sights. From mid April to late May, areas of woodland on the Dudmaston estate are swathed in blankets of blue.

On your walks across the estate at this time of year you’ll also come across many more woodland flowers including primroses, oxlips, fritillaries and foxgloves, all of which come inot flower late in the season. 

Birdsong 

As spring arrives, the woodland and pools at Dudmaston come alive with birdsong. Early in the season, catch the Goosanders on Big Pool. They usually leave in April to nest on the River Severn.

Watch out for Goosanders on the water in spring
goosander
Watch out for Goosanders on the water in spring

The Great Crested Grebes perform their mating ritual at this time of year. Watch out for their famous penguin dance, where their necks rear up out of the water and their heads shake.

Great crested grebe with young
Great crested grebe with young on its back
Great crested grebe with young

We look forward to seeing you 

There is no need to pre-book your visit to Dudmaston, we're welcoming walk-ins most days. To check our capacity, call 01746 780866. Entry tickets to visit the Galleries are available on a first come, first served basis from reception when you arrive. Please note, the playground at Dudmaston Hall is currently closed. Countryside car parks in Comer Woods, Hampton Loade and the Sawmill are open daily.