Museum staff at Hutton-le-Hole on the edge of the North York swamps are celebrating more than two decades since the field was planted, encouraging people to digitally interact with its colors. The field was planted in 1999 at the initiative of a local naturalist. Nan Sykes was outraged by attempts to find rare arable plants in the swamps. A targeted list of plants for care and cultivation was drawn up based on species known to grow in North York Moors National Park in the early twentieth century. century. Now, every August, the field is a riot of color as tall poppies mingle with yellow corn marigolds and wild daisies. In honor of another blooming summer, the staff created a new short film, developed with the financial support of the Cultural Restoration Foundation. , and is run by Arts Council England to support organizations post-pandemic. Rosie Barrett, event coordinator at the museum, said: These are rare arable plants, many of which are at imminent risk of extinction. “It all started with the concern of local naturalist Nan Sykes in the late 1980s—she did her own research on the North York Moors National Park and was deeply disturbed by the number of plants she couldn’t find. “For most of the agricultural year, our field is hidden, we passed by to visit the Iron Age junction being reconstructed, but every August it shows itself in wonderful colors.” We’re hosting site events to share the cornfield with visitors, and now video is the perfect opportunity to bring this important story to a wider audience. “During the initial phase of the project, seeds were collected and placed in the Kew Garden Millennium Seed Bank, and the field was turned over to local farmers, many of whom also knew that changes in farming practices were causing this arable plant heritage to be lost. the display cornfield at Rydale Folk Museum remains one of the few places in the north of England where some of the rare arable wildflower species can be seen. today, most of us are unlikely to encounter them in the wild. “These are beautiful and exceptionally rare flowers, but they are also important plants for pollinators, part of a wider ecosystem.”
The Ryedale Folk Museum was opened in the 1960s and is now home to a manor house, various farm cottages, and a miniature main street that contains a general store, a pharmacy, undertakers, a smithy, and cobblers.
Located in Hatton-le-Hole, it was created by enthusiasts who wanted to keep the traditional crafts of the villages scattered across the North York Moors National Park in the modern world.