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
- If you could spare some time to help upload surveys onto a database, please contact Rachael Forster at Tamar Grow Local.
- Work will begin soon to prepare for the Daffodil Conference taking place later this year. Please get in touch if you would like to help with arrangements for this.
- Oral history work will be scheduled as part of this project, to capture the wealth of knowledge regarding particular daffodil varieties. If you have information to share and would like to be involved in this part of the project, please also contact Rachael.
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 this 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.