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One of the best surviving wild daffodil meadows, once common in this part of Gloucestershire. Visit in March for an amazing golden carpet of our native wild daffodils. In 2011 we planted a traditional orchard on this site, with over 60 different traditional varieties of rare local plum, apple and pear. In the last 50 years around 75% of Gloucestershire’s orchards have disappeared, changing the landscape and badly affecting wildlife habitat. This new young orchard at Vell Mill will connect other traditional orchards in the area (enabling wildlife to move and colonies to merge and become more robust).

Location

Half a mile east of Dymock
Dymock
GL18 2DG
A static map of Vell Mill Daffodil Meadow

Know before you go

Size
2 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

No

Walking trails

A free leaflet of the local 'Golden Triangle' daffodil walks can be requested from Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

Access

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Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

March to May

About the reserve

  Part of the 'Golden Triangle' this nature reserve forms part of the areas where, in the past, thousands of people would visit during the spring - traveling up from London on the train to pick the flowers to take back and sell.  By planting this new orchard we hope that as it matures the new habitat will provide homes for a number of nesting birds including green woodpecker, bullfinch, fieldfare, wren and song thrush, and insects such as the bumblebee, noble chafer, stag beetle (all of which are Biodiversity Action Plan priority species), and brimstone and peacock butterflies. It will provide an ideal setting for a range of plants to flourish, (cowslip, common dog-violet, meadow vetchling, barren strawberry and greater stitchwort), while enabling us to continue managing the site for wild daffodils. 

Contact us

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01452 383333