Snowdrops open after snow drops trees in valley
The delicate blooms that give Exmoor's famous valley its name have survived the worst of the winter and were enjoying a rare burst of sunshine yesterday.
The opening of the site, which admits the public for the snowdrop season each year, has been delayed by a week after hundreds of trees fell down under the weight of the recent snow.
Nic Wigley, Snowdrop Valley co-ordinator, said: "There has been a tremendous amount of work to clear 266 trees from paths and bridleways, and about 30-40 on the road. The fact that the ground has been very wet for 10-11 months meant the ground just could not support the trees when the snow came.
"We have also been waiting for the ground to be drier under foot for visitors. I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone on all the teams who have been organising and working in Cutcombe around Snowdrop Valley."
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Exmoor National Park officers have been helping landowner Badgworthy Land Company clear the debris.
The park-and-ride service run by Cutcombe Parish Council in conjunction with the park authority will run from Friday until at least February 24.
The valley opening runs until March 3 and organisers are considering running the park-and-ride again.
The public have been donating to the CareMoor fund to help with clearance and can give at www.exmoor-national park.gov.uk/exmoor-floods.