A Harvest of Colour celebrates a unique project to save arable plants from extinction in the North York Moors. It is seen as a leading national example of tackling a major problem. Based in the North York Moors the Cornfield Flower Project has been spearheaded by a partnership of the Carstairs Countryside Trust, North York Moors National Park and the Ryedale Folk Museum. Central to the story are the outstanding achievements of a handful of local volunteers who, working with farmers have surveyed the plants of the national park, secured local seed of the few remaining plants of a wide range of species and grown them on in the Ryedale Folk Museum nursery were the public can see them in a demonstration field. The surplus seed is then sown them out into a working farm field owned by the trust. Already the project has saved a number of plants form total loss in the region and is widely supported and used by Government bodies and others to introduce farmers and the public to the methods of conserving the plants. Its work is now being expanded to involve other farmers.
A Harvest of Colour celebrates the beauty of cornfield flowers, recounts the history of the project and its characters, and presents the flowers and the activities connected with saving them in an attractive picture gallery of the plants, the people, the practices and the places. It will be of interest to all who care about the countryside, gardeners, farmers and naturalists.
ISBN 1841144843, paperback, 96 pages. Published February 2006.