Crocus Sundays signal the arrival of spring alongside hedgehog display for children

The springtime blooming of crocuses in the Botanic Garden will this year be accompanied by the unusual sight of thousands of salt-dough hedgehogs in March.

One of the first flowers to bloom in spring, crocuses are coming back to put on a spectacular display throughout the Sandstone Garden in front of Beaumont Hall.

To celebrate the blooming of the beautiful Woodland Crocus, Crocus tommasinianus, the Friends of the Botanic Garden have arranged to open the Garden to the public on two Sunday afternoons from 10am to 4pm on 1 and 8 March.

Continuing with its tradition to support local charities, entrance to the Garden will be by donation to Macmillan Cancer Support.

This year, the Botanic Garden will also host The Big Hedgehog Invasion on 7 and 8 March in the Knoll House, entry to which is free.

Over 4,000 children and hundreds of teachers and parents from the city and county have made over 10,000 little hedgehogs from salt-dough. The hedgehogs have been made in schools, nurseries and at home as part of a University project led by Dr Rose Griffiths from the School of Education about counting and arithmetic.

The University’s Department of Biology will also put on an exhibition in Beaumont Hall about research on crocuses with tea, coffee and home-made cakes being served.

Please come to the Glebe Road entrance where you will be welcomed and shown where to go by Friends of the Garden.