Heralds of Spring

How Heralds of Spring began… 

During the spring, Tamar Valley hedge banks 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 ‘horticultural collection in the landscape’ project, initially funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund Sharing Heritage programme and the Tamar Valley AONB, and delivered by Tamar Grow Local. During Spring 2017 a group of dedicated volunteers helped to record and increase awareness of the important populations of historic daffodil varieties in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We are delighted that Tamar TLC has agreed to continue to support the project and enable further training and surveys to take place between 2018 and 2020. (Please note that  surveying for 2021 was suspended due to Covid restrictions but has been rescheduled for 2022.)

The aims of the Heralds of Spring project are 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

Enjoy the some of the highlights of the project in the Heralds of Spring photo album.

Download the Heralds of Spring Daffodil Identification Guide and see which varieties you can spot on your springtime walks in the Tamar Valley.

You can also enjoy some wonderful memories of daffodil growing in the Tamar Valley by listening to our Heralds of Spring – Oral Histories.

Watch the video of the Bere Ferrers Spring Show and enjoy the fantastic displays of local daffodils and learn more about the Heralds of Spring project.

The following Heralds of Spring evaluation reports are available to download – 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Try out our Discovering Daffodil Walks, there are three routes to enjoy around Bere Alston and Bere Ferrers. Click on the images for downloadable links.


For more information on the project please email enquiries@tamarvalley.org.uk




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