The Heralds of Spring project has been extended for another season. Look out for news about events and opportunities to get involved in recording and celebrating the wonderful daffodil heritage of the Tamar Valley.
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 2017
- Training & Monitoring event (20+ people), Bere Ferrers – 15 March 2017
- Decorating Cotehele’s Packing Shed – 17 March 2017
- Cotehele Daffodil Weekend – 18 & 19 March 2017
- Daffodowndilly Walk, Cotehele – 18 March 2017
- Visit to Ron Scamp’s Nursery, Falmouth – 21 March 2017
- Open Garden: Weir Cottage – 22 March 2017
- Guided Walk: Discovering Cotehele’s Daffodils – 23 March 2017
- Training & Monitoring event (2 people), Bere Alston – 25 March 2017
- Training & Monitoring event (8 people), Tamar Valley Centre – 27 March 2017
- Guided Walk: Discovering Gold – 30 March 2017
- Taking our beautiful daffodils to market, Devonport (Royal William Yard) – 2 April 2017
- Talk on ‘Local Daffodils – A Market Gardening perspective’, Friends of the Tamar Valley – 7 April 2017
- Bere Ferrers Spring Flower Show – 8 April 2017
- All of our survey data has now been uploaded and will be available on the website soon.
- A packed house enjoyed the very successful Daffodil Conference at the Tamar Valley Centre – 5 October 2017
- Oral history recordings have captured the wealth of knowledge regarding particular daffodil varieties in the Tamar Valley AONB.
- Groups across and beyond the Tamar Valley AONB have been busy planting bulbs of our wonderful daffodil varieties to spread awareness and safeguard the heritage of our ‘Heralds of Spring’.
- Handy Historic Daffodil ID quick guide to commonly seen historic daffodil varieties in the Tamar Valley.
There is still more to come with:
- another season of daffodil surveys
- downloadable daffodil walks
Check this page regularly for updates, results from the surveys, plus details of the 2018 surveying season. 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.
Thank you all for joining us at the Heralds of Spring Daffodil Conference on Thursday 5th October 2017 at the Tamar Valley Centre.
Just a few of the photos from this special day…