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Fake daffodils fool Lake visitors
A mild winter has meant daffodils have bloomed early
Dozens of artificial daffodils have been planted in a Lake District park in an attempt to fool Easter visitors.

One of the mildest winters on record has meant that flowers have bloomed early and will be dead by April.

Lakes daffodils inspired Wordsworth to write poetry and so as not to disappoint visitors, 100 plastic and silk blooms have been planted.

Bosses at Fallbarrow Park on the shores of Windermere said visitors and the ducks had not noticed the difference.

Wordsworth, who lived in nearby Grasmere, published "I wandered Lonely as a Cloud" in 1807.

It was inspired by the "dancing daffodils" at Ullswater and many visitors come to the area just to enjoy the blooms.

They look realistic and none of our visitors, or the ducks and swans, have noticed the difference
Caroline Guffogg of South Lakelands Park

Caroline Guffogg, marketing manager for South Lakelands Parks, said: "We are heading for a cold snap which means that the early blooms will definitely be killed off.

"Our guests love to see the daffodils in bloom when come for their Easter break, but this year the flowers have been out since the middle of February.

"We have ordered 100 of the artificial flowers and already planted quite a few of them.

"They look realistic and none of our visitors, or the ducks and swans, have noticed the difference."

This is the first time the fake flowers - which are made of plastic and silk and cost 1 each - have been planted at the park.

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