Saffron crocus impact: new board unveiled in Saffron Walden
- Credit: Celia Bartlett
Saffron Walden Heritage Development Group has unveiled the Saffron Story Interpretation Board, telling the story of the town's relationship with the saffron crocus.
The Interpretation Board in Market Street, on the side wall of the Town Hall, was unveiled by Mayor James de Vries, and the Chair of the Heritage Development Group, Judith Rodden.
The board is part of the wider ‘Saffron Story’ project, involving a video, a leaflet, walking tours and engagement with a local school, culminating in Saffron Day on Sunday, October 16. The project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The saffron crocus (Crocus sativus) brought prosperity and employment to the town, and saffron was used as a dye, in traditional medicine and in cookery.
Judith Rodden said: “We hope that this colourful and eye-catching Interpretation Board will interest both visitors and residents and help them to understand and appreciate Saffron Walden and its long history.”