Why daffodils were left to rot in Cornish fields during lockdown

One of the most striking sights in Cornwall during the coronavirus pandemic has been the fields full of daffodils that have been left to rot.

At the very beginning of lockdown, farmers in Cornwall voiced concerns that their crops could end up ‘rotting in the fields’ due to a shortage of pickers as travel restrictions came into place to stop the spread of Covid-19.

One of Scotland’s leading producers of daffodils stopped all picking and sent their foreign workers home, leaving an estimated £1m worth of the flowers to rot.  

So people were naturally concerned to see the iconic Cornish daffodil fields that overlook St Michael’s Mount left unpicked throughout lockdown.

But now, the farmers who manage these fields have spoken out about how the coronavirus pandemic has effected them, and clarified the real reason their daffodils have been left to wither this spring.

Read more at Cornwall Live (Greg Martin)


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