The recently announced Heritage Lottery Funded project, to record and raise awareness of the special historic daffodil varieties growing in the Tamar Valley landscape, is now underway.
Consultants have been appointed to lead the £10,000 Heralds of Spring project. The successful contractor, Tamar Grow Local, submitted an excellent proposal, full of energy, enthusiasm and creative ideas for involving the community. They began work last week, putting together a packed events programme, devising survey forms and recruiting volunteers.
Simon Platten, Project Manager for Tamar Grow Local said: ‘We are really excited to be part of Heralds of Spring as it is a perfect complement to our work around local food, horticulture and market gardening in the Tamar Valley. Daffodils are a striking part of our Springtime landscape, intimately linked with our social, commercial and landscape heritage. Many of our daffodils have never been recorded or surveyed in this way before and numbers have decreased over the past 50 years, so we’re delighted to be part of this important project and hope that communities across the valley will get out and about identifying and counting their local daffodils.’
Over the next two months, there are plenty of ways to get involved. Training and monitoring events, providing all the information you will need to go out and record/measure Tamar Valley daffodils, will be held in Bere Ferrers (15th March), Bere Alston (25th March) and Drakewalls (27th March). Guided walks, talks and a visit to Ron Scamp’s nursery in Falmouth (where over 2,500 varieties of daffodils are grown) are just some of the other activities planned. All events and volunteer opportunities can be found at www.tamarvalley.org.uk or call 01822 835030.
If you are interested in getting involved with the Heralds of Spring project, would like more information, or would like to book a place onto one of the events, please contact the Tamar Valley AONB team – 01822 835030, firstname.lastname@example.org