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Fritillary Sunday, Ducklington, 2017

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Since the 1980s the Oxfordshire village of Ducklington has held a Fritillary Sunday late in April to raise funds for its parish church.  In 2017 the event took place on Sunday 23 April.  A meadow a short walk from the village centre is open to the public and people are invited to enjoy the the fritillaries (Fritillaria meleagris) which grow there.  Although there are other sites which are better known and where fritillaries grow in greater abundance, it is said that it is only at Ducklington that people are not confined to set paths, but are free to wander amongst the flowers.  Each year the event attracts about 1,000 people.

The field is open from 11.30 a.m. until 5.00 p.m., and additional attractions include a plant stall, ploughman’s lunches and cream teas, displays by the local morris side, tours of the church tower, and handbell ringing –  a typical English village event.

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