Tamar Valley Daffodils on the Train

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If you are travelling on the Tamar Valley Line next week, you’ll be sharing your journey will beautiful blooms of Tamar Valley daffodils.

The Tamar Valley AONB team and Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership have teamed up to promote a variety of daffodil events taking place in the Valley this month, and using the train to get there.

Every morning next week (9th – 13th March), between Gunnislake & Plymouth, volunteers will be onboard the train, handing out daffodils and information to passengers.

Events taking place include;

  • Daffodil Walk from Bere Alston station, with local historian, Clive Charlton (Thursday 12th March, 10:50am), booking 01822 835030.
  • Cotehele Daffodil Festival, Sunday 14th – Sunday 22nd March, 10am-4pm
  • Bere Ferrers Spring Flower Show, Saturday 28th March, 1pm – 4:30pm, Church Hall.
  • Drawn to the Valley Spring Exhibition ‘Heralds of Spring’, 28th March – 5th April, 10:30am – 4:30pm, Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls.
(c) John Hartland

(c) John Hartland

Bere Ferrers Spring Flower Show

Bere Ferrers Spring Flower Show

If you are unable to make these events, or would prefer to discover the daffodils at your own pace, in your own time, there are 3 self-guided walks from the stations to choose from. Download copies from http://www.tamarvalley.org.uk/projects/heraldsofspring/ or call the AONB team on 01822 835030.

Lesley Strong, Project Officer for the Tamar Valley AONB, says; “The daffodils are looking beautiful in the Tamar Valley hedgerows and woodlands now. Our Heralds of Spring project, identifying and recording the heritage varieties of daffodil in the landscape, is in its fourth year. So far we have identified 104 varieties, including Van Sion that dates back to the 1600s. Huge thanks to Tamar Grow Local for delivering the project, and to Tamar TLC for their funding and continuing support.”

To find out more about the Heralds of Spring project, please visit http://www.tamarvalley.org.uk/projects/heraldsofspring/ or see the March issue of Country Living magazine.

daff cropLook out for Great Western Railway’s poster celebrating Tamar Valley Daffodils, at railway stations across the GWR network. Thank you to the children from Bere Alston school and the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership for creating this beautiful artwork.

Representatives from the Tamar Valley AONB (who are this year celebrating 25 years since designation as an AONB) and Drawn to the Valley art group will also be at Plymouth Railway Station tomorrow (Saturday 7th March), promoting all things daffodil! Please pop by to say hello if you’re in the area.

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