Category Archives : Plants


Wildflower Meadow Barbecue

Friday night’s social was a barbecue at a private nature reserve in the Chilterns in Buckinghamshire called Gray’s Lane Bank. It’s almost like an extension of the owner’s garden, and it’s been so lovingly managed that it’s one of the most impressive wild flower meadows we’ve ever seen. It’s a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) which […]

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Himalayan Balsam growing tall

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This Sunday’s task is pulling up Himalayan Balsam at Shotover Country Park, but why is this such an important thing to do? Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) is an invasive species that was originally introduced to the UK in 1839 as a hot house and warm garden plant famed for its prodigious growth. This meant the […]