Heralds of Spring – Celebrating our local daffodils


On the verge – Historic daffodils on Tamar Valley hedgebanks (credit – Jean Croft)










**Heralds of Spring Daffodil Conference**

Thursday 5th October, 10:00am – 4:30pm, Tamar Valley Centre

Bookings open now

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;

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.

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The exquisitely beautiful Tamar Double White (credit – Tamar Valley AONB)