Volunteers wanted to record Tamar Valley’s historic daffodils

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Following the great success of the Heralds of Spring daffodil survey earlier this year, organisers are seeking volunteers to help record the early varieties of Tamar Valley daffodil.

Training events for the National Lottery funded project, to record and raise awareness of the special historic daffodil varieties growing in the Tamar Valley landscape, will take place on Tuesday 12th December and Tuesday 16th January. The project has been made possible by National Lottery players through a £9,900 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant.

Sara Rock, from Tamar Grow Local (who are delivering the project on behalf of the Tamar Valley AONB), explains; “The training is for both new and existing volunteers to go through the revised survey forms and the draft swatchbook to help people identify the daffodils better. Surveying will start in January and end in May. We can’t wait to get started again!”

RF hedge surveySince spring, 104 varieties of daffodil have been recorded by 21 volunteers.

Lesley Strong, Project Officer for the Tamar Valley AONB says; “We are delighted that that we have agreement from HLF to extend the recording into the 2018 flowering season. The exciting thing is that we may find some varieties that have never been formally named or classified – real Tamar Valley specialities.”

The records from the surveys will be used to create a database that will help map and identify populations of historically important daffodils. The information collected will help inform future work as to how we can best protect the Tamar Valley’s daffodils for future generations.

Booking is essential for these free events. Please pick the date that suits you best. Both training sessions will take place at the Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls, from 7pm – 9pm. Please call the Tamar Valley AONB team on 01822 835030 or email enquiries@tamarvalley.org.uk to secure your place.

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