Heralds of Spring – Celebrating our local daffodils

How Heralds of Spring began… 

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 ‘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.  Starting in Spring 2017, with the invaluable help of a group of dedicated volunteers, we recorded and increased awareness of the important populations of historic daffodil varieties in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We are delighted that funding from Tamar TLC has enabled the project to carry on for an additional 3 seasons helping us to build on the enthusiasm for this cherished and beautiful heritage daffodils that are so much a part of the Tamar Valley landscape in Spring.

The key 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

For more information on the project please contact Lesley Strong on 01822 835030 or email lstrong@tamarvalley.org.uk

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On the verge – Historic daffodils on Tamar Valley hedgebanks (credit – Jean Croft)