**Heralds of Spring Daffodil Conference**
Thursday 5th October, 10:00am – 4:30pm, Tamar Valley Centre
Limited space, book your free place today.
During the spring, Tamar Valley hedgebanks and woodlands explode into a riot of colour, as daffodils bloom, making a striking impact on the landscape. These are very special daffodils, representing the strong heritage and cultural legacy of the market gardening industry, one of the key factors determining the Tamar Valley’s sense of place and the heritage of communities within this nationally protected landscape.
Heralds of Spring is a groundbreaking Heritage Lottery funded ‘collection in the landscape’ project. During Spring 2017 we recorded and increased awareness of the important populations of historic daffodil varieties in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, particularly those on the Bere Peninsula.
The Heralds of Spring project aims to:
- Celebrate the importance of our historic daffodil collection
- Record the varieties in the landscape and to identify key areas with very special collections
- Capture local people’s memories about our beautiful daffodils
- Use this information to help safeguard the daffodils for future generations to enjoy
Our work so far…
Thanks to the great work of many volunteers, much has been achieved already;
- Taking our beautiful daffodils to market, Tavistock – 11 March
- Training & Monitoring event (20+ people), Bere Ferrers – 15 March
- Decorating Cotehele’s Packing Shed – 17 March
- Cotehele Daffodil Weekend – 18 & 19 March
- Daffodowndilly Walk, Cotehele – 18 March
- Visit to Ron Scamp’s Nursery, Falmouth – 21 March
- Open Garden: Weir Cottage – 22 March
- Guided Walk: Discovering Cotehele’s Daffodils – 23 March
- Training & Monitoring event (2 people), Bere Alston – 25 March
- Training & Monitoring event (8 people), Tamar Valley Centre – 27 March
- Guided Walk: Discovering Gold – 30 March
- Taking our beautiful daffodils to market, Devonport (Royal William Yard) – 2 April
- Talk on ‘Local Daffodils – A Market Gardening perspective’, Friends of the Tamar Valley – 7 April
- Bere Ferrers Spring Flower Show – 8 April
- All of our survey data has now been uploaded and will be available on the website soon.
- Oral history work is now underway to capture the wealth of knowledge regarding particular daffodil varieties.
There is still more to come with:
- downloadable daffodil walks
- historic daffodil ID guides
- bulb planting of historic daffodil varieties by groups in the Tamar Valley
Check this page regularly for updates, results from the surveys, plus details of this autumn’s Daffodil Conference. Alternatively, sign up to receive free monthly ebulletins (right hand side of our home page).
Heralds of Spring is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund – Sharing Heritage programme and the Tamar Valley AONB, and is supported by a steering group of local organisations, community groups and individuals.