Farndale’s Daffs

It’s probably not too much of an exaggeration to say that Farndale’s display of wild daffodils or Lent Lilies are world famous but if the planners at the Corporation of Kingston upon Hull had had their way the valley would have been flooded to create a reservoir. In the 1960s a new £8m reservoir in the heart of the North York Moors was considered essential to keep the taps running. The local authority, North Riding County Council, the Countryside Commission and the Council for the Protection of Rural England were all resigned to the building of the 400 acre reservoir. A Parliamentary Bill was drafted but in a piece of political wrangling on the final day for approval, Sir Samuel Knox-Cunningham, chairman of a parliamentary select committee checking the small print decreed that several members could not vote as they had already declared their support for the scheme. This meant that Knox-Cunningham , a member of the National Trust, had the casting vote which he used to veto the reservoir.

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