Kempley Daffodil Weekend 21st & 22nd March
In 1975 four Kempley ladies decided to organise teas on a specific weekend, to coincide with the native daffodils being in bloom, to raise money for the local church. Later the name was changed to Kempley Daffodil Weekend, and the event has been very successful. See https://www.daffs.org.uk/walk/ for details
The weekend is organised under the auspices of Kempley PCC by a committee of local people each of whom organise different aspects of the event.
Come and see the wonderful displays of wild daffodils in the local woods and fields (some of which are designated SSSIs). All walks will be starting from St Edwards Church, where there will be early morning refreshments available for the 9:30 and 10:00 walks prior to the village hall opening.
We look forward to welcoming you to our guided walks to view the daffodils. Walking Maps of the Daffodil Way and walks in Queenswood will be available for sale from the village hall and St Mary’s Church.
The small wild daffodils grow freely in many fields and the surrounding woods and can be enjoyed on the circular ‘Daffodil way’ footpath covering approximately eight miles. The daffodils may be seen from the roads between Newent and Dymock which pass through the village of Kempley. Local maps are available from the village hall showing the sites of specific interest where daffodil fields can be seen.
Many years ago, the daffodils were picked by local children and sent by train from Gloucester to London for the hospitals and to be sold in the markets. Each bunch had to have the same number of flowers and leaves and were tied with raffia. Several of the fields around the village are carpeted with daffodils and are designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs).
Unlike cultivated daffodils, the wild daffodils propagate from seed taking about 4 years to reach the flowering stage; they then flower again for another 2 or 3 years. It is therefore important not to cut the grass until the flowers have seeded and the seeds have matured – usually late June or early July.
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