How it started
February 2014 saw the launch of the Shaftesbury Snowdrops Heritage Collection.
As part of our snowdrop legacy project, we wanted to bring together Galanthus species, hybrids and their cultivars to be held in trust in Shaftesbury for the enjoyment of locals and visitors during the Shaftesbury Snowdrop Season. And so, our Heritage Collection was launched.
The Heritage Collection began as a true community project, with a team of volunteers maintaining the bulbs in gardens throughout the town. By spreading out the collection in this way, we were able to maximise public involvement and minimise risk to the collection of loss through disease or damage.
Volunteers cared for and propagated the snowdrops in the collection to ensure that in time we would have bulbs of each donated variety growing in several secure sites.
In 2018, through the generosity of a local family and with the Support of BV Dairy, we have established a small snowdrop nursery in the town centre, where we hope to maintain and develop part of the collection and use this site for education.