A Suffolk estate has been named among the best places in the East of England to see snowdrops by the National Trust. 

Despite the cold, snowdrops can be found thriving in pastures, woods, gardens and orchards across the UK in January and February and signal warmer weather is on the way.

The flower's Greek name 'Galanthus' translates to the 'milk flower' and there are more than 2,500 varieties of the snowdrop. 

They first became fashionable in the Victorian era but no one knows when they were first introduced to the UK.

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National Trust revealed the best place in Suffolk to see snowdrops is Ickworth Estate, near Bury St Edmunds. 

East Anglian Daily Times: There are two varieties of snowdrop at Ickworth EstateThere are two varieties of snowdrop at Ickworth Estate (Image: Phil Morley)Carpets of snowdrops at the Italianate Palace line Geraldine's Walk, the Albana Walk and Trim Trail. 

There are two main varieties of the flower that you can see at the estate: Galanthus nivalis and Galanthus elwesii. 

Galanthus nivalis are the most common of all the snowdrops and start to flower in late January. They grow to about 7-15cm tall. 

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Originating from Turkey, the Galanthus elwesii is larger and flowers slightly later. They grow to around 20- 25cm tall. 

On Friday, February 9 and Friday, February 16 the head gardener is hosting guided snowdrop walks around the estate. 

It will cost £7 per person on top of the normal admission fee for National Trust venues.