Groundbreaking project secures National Lottery grant for Tamar Valley’s historic daffodils

On the verges_J Croft
courtesy of J Croft

A Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of nearly £10,000 has been awarded to the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to record and raise awareness of the special historic daffodil varieties growing in the landscape.

Lesley Strong, Project Officer for the Tamar Valley AONB says, “This groundbreaking project, Heralds of Spring, will look at the historic collection of daffodils within the landscape, focussing initially on the Bere peninsula area.

Lesley continues, “For me, there’s no better sight in spring than the hedgebanks and woodlands exploding into a riot of colour, as the daffodils bloom”.

East Down, St Dominick, 1956 (Nigel Hunn), from Sovereigns, Madams & Double Whites, by Joanna Lewis
East Down, St Dominick, 1956 (Nigel Hunn), from Sovereigns, Madams & Double Whites, by Joanna Lewis

Corinna Woodall, AONB Manager, adds, “The daffodils represent the strong heritage and horticultural legacy of the market gardening industry, hugely important to the sense of place of the Tamar Valley. We are really looking forward to working with a number of different organisations and members of the community over the coming months to learn about these spring flowers – survivors of the halcyon days of flower growing in the Valley and to ensure they remain a feature in our landscape for generations to come.”

The grant from HLF has been made possible by National Lottery players. Nerys Watts, Head of HLF South West, said: “Tamar Valley daffodils deserve more recognition – not only for the beauty they add to the landscape but also for their place in its history. As well as the daffodils themselves, this spring is set to bring a variety of opportunities for people to celebrate and get involved in the future of their natural heritage.”

Some of the £9,900 grant will be used to run ID training sessions, helping to survey, record and monitor daffodil collections on the Bere peninsula. The project will also record the local community’s memories of historic daffodils, and develop online resources about daffodil collections, including downloadable daffodils trails.

Tamar Double Whites (c) Tamar Valley AONB
Tamar Double Whites (c) Tamar Valley AONB

Don’t miss over the next few months…

  • Daffodil Conference
  • Exhibitions
  • Visits to local experts
  • Garden workshops & walks
  • Community bulb planting events

Dates and further details coming soon.

If you are interested in getting involved with the Heralds of Spring project, which will start in February, or would like to be kept updated with events, activities and volunteer opportunities, please contact the AONB team – 01822 835030,

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