A WEEK after snow blanketed Swindon in white, nature-lovers headed to Twigs Community Gardens to see the lawns carpeted with snowdrops.

The annual Snowdrop Sunday open day has grown in popularity over the years.

It began after volunteers planted 10,000 snowdrop bulbs in memory of Helen Senior’s mother, Nancy.

“My mum and I had this tradition that we would always go to a different snowdrop garden every year,” she said. “It was always the way of starting the new year.

“When she died, I wanted to create something positive.

“We hadn’t got an open day at this time of year at Twigs. I thought I would plant some snowdrops in my mum’s memory."

The event also saw the unveiling of a new willow sculpture, christened the Windy Lady.

For more, visit: www.twigscommunitygardens.org.uk or call 01793 523294.