THE flower which appears on the flag of Cumberland bloomed “in profusion” on Lake District farms over the summer thanks to “farmers adjusting their stock grazing regimes.”

Once widely distributed, the grass-of-Parnassus is now confined to damp, upland pastures in the north of the UK.

John Hooson, North West wildlife adviser for the National Trust, said the actions of Trust tenants alongside the “exceptional growing conditions of this spring and summer” had caused it to bloom “in profusion” along with other wildflowers.