Press Release – 28.02.23
Snowdrop Valley, in Wheddon Cross, opened up for visitors at the end of January and continued through the month of February. The event is managed by the Snowdrop Valley Committee, which is a sub-group of the Cutcombe Parish Council.
The event is run by local volunteers who help with all the organisation and preparations including clearing paths, setting out event signage, welcoming visitors and showing them the various routes to and from the valley. In addition, at the weekends and over the half term holiday there were also volunteers from Cutcombe School and the Dunkery Preschool, who offered light refreshments to visitors, with the proceeds going back into the school.
The Snowdrop Valley Committee want to extend a sincere thank you to the 6,500+ people who visited the valley. The village has been bustling and it’s been wonderful to see so many people out walking and, of course, enjoying the impressive display of snowdrops!
The Committee also want to thank all the local and regional support received in promoting the Snowdrop Valley 2023 event. These include Exmoor Magazine, Exmoor National Park, Visit Exmoor, West Somerset Free Press, BBC Somerset Radio and not forgetting the fantastic coverage received on the ITV West Country Weather broadcasts! Well done to volunteer Jim Winzer for stepping up at short notice to speak live on the show with weatherman Charlie Powell.
It’s been incredibly humbling to have such support and it makes the work that goes into making this event happen incredibly worthwhile.
Cllr Eric Norman, Snowdrop Valley Committee Chairperson, commented “Wheddon Cross and Cutcombe villages have come alive at what can be a quieter season for us in Exmoor. Snowdrop Valley is a unique event, we have welcomed back lots of familiar faces who have been many times over the years, and also new people visiting for the first time – some that have specifically come to see this natural attraction and have made a weekend of it.”
“It is an event, that also brings our community together, it is so important and keeps our little corner of the world thriving. A huge thank you to Exmoor Farmers for allowing us to use the car park and to the Badgworthy Land Company for allowing access and enabling the event to happen year after year.”
We look forward to seeing everyone at Snowdrop Valley 2024! Keep an eye on the website for details www.snowdrop-valley.co.uk
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