Things to enjoy in winter

Palladian bridge at Prior Park in frost and sunlight

Far from being a place void of life in winter, the garden takes on a new life, with new birds, seasonal plants and different perspectives.

Winter in the garden is a wonderful time. The bare trees open views which are not possible with summer foliage. The gardeners undertake tree felling work at this time of year - as we work to restore the garden to it's 1764 state, and the time of creator Ralph Allen's death.

The garden is surprisingly green throughout the winter, with glossy green laurels, and others evergreen trees and shrubs, there are even flowers to be found on the vibernums.

Our colourful winter resident, the kingfisher, can be found on the Serpentine lake at the top of the garden, and the song birds and squirrels are never far away.

As winter progresses the snowdrops and wild garlic start to show their heads - bringing promise of the new season ahead. Cold frosty mornings are paired with steam rising over the lower lakes, and the opportunity to wrap up warm for a winter walk....