A series of three daffodil walks, specially designed to showcase the great variety of historic daffodils in the Tamar Valley, has been produced and the leaflets are now ready to download at www.tamarvalley.org.uk. They will soon be available to pick up from local outlets throughout the Tamar Valley, too.
The self-guided walks explore Bere Alston, Tuckermarsh and Bere Ferrers, and all begin from train stations on the beautiful Tamar Valley Line.
Lesley Strong, Project Officer for the Tamar Valley AONB says, “These lovely walks range from one-mile strolls to four-mile rambles, passing through woodlands, along footpaths and riverside trails. Not only will you see dozens of daffodil varieties in the hedgebanks and swathes of daffodils in the woods, there are fantastic river views to enjoy, plus glimpses of an old packing shed or two”.
Ann Marcer, Tamar Valley Heritage Guide, who helped to put together the walks, says; “The beauty of these walks is that you can repeat them a number of times throughout the Spring, and see something different each time, as the area is home to both early varieties and late flowering daffodils. One of my favourites is the Van Sion, a very unusual and historic variety dating back to before the Great Fire of London”.
If you would rather join a guided walk, Ann is leading the Bere Alston via Tuckermarsh walk on Wednesday 28th March (2pm – 4:30pm) and Saturday 7th April (1:30pm – 4pm). Book your place by calling 01822 835030, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The walks have been created as part of the Heralds of Spring project, to record and raise awareness of the special historic daffodil varieties growing in the Tamar Valley landscape. The project has been made possible by National Lottery players through a £9,900 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant.
Don’t miss a stunning collection of artwork on display at the Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls, from now until 18th March. Entitled ‘Growing in the Valley’ the exhibition by Drawn to the Valley artists celebrates the Tamar Valley’s rich market gardening heritage, and has an area dedicated to daffodils, to coincide with the project. Full details at drawntothevalley.co.uk.
Since spring 2017, 104 varieties of daffodil have been recorded by 21 volunteers. Delayed by the cold start to this season, volunteers are beginning to get out and about recording this year’s varieties.
Corinna Woodall, AONB Manager, says, “We are delighted that that we have agreement from HLF to extend the recording into the 2018 flowering season. The exciting thing is that we may find some varieties that have never been formally named or classified – real Tamar Valley specialities.”
The records from the surveys will be used to create a database that will help map and identify populations of historically important daffodils. The information collected will help inform future work as to how we can best protect the Tamar Valley’s daffodils for future generations.
Download the daffodil walks for free
Discovering Daffodils – A circular walk from Bere Alston Railway Station via Tuckermarsh
Discovering Daffodils – A circular walk from Bere Ferrers Railway Station
Discovering Daffodils – A walk from Bere Alston Railway Station to Bere Ferrers Railway Station via Collytown Lane