How to recognise thrift on the coast
Have you seen a pink flower coming into bloom in the spring across the South West coast? Chances are it's thrift.
Which conditions are right for thrift?
Thrift and its dense bobbing heads of pink flowers can be found in our coastal grasslands. It's one of the plants that benefits from the conservation management we undertake, not ploughing or adding chemicals to the land, but ensuring that it is lightly grazed to keep scrub (which would overwhelm these small plants) at bay.
How does the National Trust support thrift growth?
Many hectares of species rich coastal grassland which include wildflowers like thrift have been lost to agricultural intensification. Two example are ploughing and the addition of artificial fertilisers and chemical weed control around the SW Coast since the Second World War. National Trust ownership and management has helped to ensure that this pretty flower remains a common site around our coast.