Survey turns spotlight on wild flowers

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AS visitors flock to the beauty spot of Farndale this month to see the swathes of wild daffodils which adorn its valleys and riversides, a new survey is being made into similar displays at historic Rosedale and the nearby hamlet of Hartoft.

It is thought the daffodils at both Farndale and Rosedale were probably planted by monks from Rievaulx and Rosedale Abbeys.

Alexandra Cripps, conservation graduate trainee at the North York Moors National Park Authority, said: “By monitoring the daffodils we will be able to compare their distribution and flowering conditions.”

Local residents in Rosedale and Hartoft are helping her look at how the daffodils survive in fields used by livestock. Key places surveyed so far include the banksides at Northdale Beck, Hartoft Beck and the River Seven, and at the picturesque parish churchyard.