The Cornfield Flowers Project
The Cornfield Flowers Project was established in 1997 to protect and multiply the wild plants of arable fields in North East Yorkshire. To-date it has saved several species from extinction in the area ans improved fortunes of many more.
The Cornfield Flowers Project is a unique, long-running example of local people taking up a challenge to safeguard the future of the threatened plants of arable fields in an area of north-east Yorkshire.
Seeds from the Project are being deposited in the Millennium Seed Bank to provide an ‘insurance policy’ for the future.
The Cornfield Flowers Project owes much to Chris Wilson, a local farmer based in Hackness whose commitment, enthusiasm and knowledge has been crucial to the project’s success.
“Back from the brink” was the first phase of a pioneering project to rescue native wildflowers and “Out of intensive care” the most recent phase which has hopefully secured their future through an understanding of the benefits of wildflowers in the modern cornfield management regime.
It was through a successful funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund and support from the North Yorkshire Moors National Park Authority that CCT was able to employ Tom Normandale as a project officer.
A local botanist, instrumental in the development of the project from the early days.