A winter’s tale

    Silver birch trees in the Winter Walk at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire. Credit: National Trust Images/Rod Edwards
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    Britain’s beautiful landscapes can brighten even the coldest of days. This winter, wrap up warm and head to one of the National Trust’s beautiful gardens or parklands. Here are a few of our favourites…

    At Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire, the Winter Garden’s shrubs and trees have been specially selected to provide vivid colour, textures and scent – and the Himalyan Silver Birch Grove with the trees’ brilliant white stems is a must-see. In the early months of the year, carpets of winter aconites and snowdrops, for which Anglesey Abbey is renowned, carpet the gardens.

    At Dunham Massey in Cheshire, the Winter Garden, home to over 1,600 winter shrubs, trees and evergreens, is the largest of its kind in the UK. Cathedral-like beech and oak trees maintain the historic woodland feel, while the plants underneath add colour and interest throughout the winter.

    “If you take a handful of the soil at Dinefwr and squeeze it in your hand, the juice that will flow from your hands is the essence of Wales,” said Wynford Vaughan Thomas. A stunning 800-acre estate on the outskirts of the old farming town of Llandeilo, Dinefwr Park is a microcosm of Welsh heritage and natural history. You can also still find traces of the original Newton House, built in 1660, on a visit to the Dinefwr estate. Most of what you see of the grand building today dates back to the 1850s, when it was given a fashionable Gothic facelift, which looks fabulous on a frosty morning.

    Panoramic view of the park at Anglesey Abbey. Credit: National Trust Images/Nick Meers
    Panoramic view of the park at Anglesey Abbey. Credit: National Trust Images/Nick Meers
    The Winter Garden at Dunham Massey, Cheshire. Planting includes Cornus sanguinea ("Midwinter Fire"). Credit: National Trust Images/ Jonathan Buckley
    The Winter Garden at Dunham Massey. Credit: National Trust Images/Jonathan Buckley
    "Contorta" in Dunham Massey's Winter Garden. Credit: National Trust Images/ Jonathan Buckley
    “Contorta” in Dunham Massey’s Winter Garden. Credit: National Trust Images/Jonathan Buckley
    Newton House which was built in 1660 but remodelled in 1760-80 and again in 1852. Credit: National Trust Images/John Hammond
    Newton House. Credit: National Trust Images/John Hammond
    Newton House is situated in a beautiful 18th century landscape park. Credit: National Trust Images/John Hammond
    Newton House is situated in a beautiful 18th century landscape park. Credit: National Trust Images/John Hammond
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