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REMINDER: Herbal Heritage

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Roy Vickery will be leading a Herbal Heritage walk around St Nicholas’s churchyard, Tooting, on Wednesday 29 May, starting at 6.30 p.m.  For full details see the Events page of this website.

Report: About eight people turned up on a cool, damp evening to spend an hour wandering around churchyard and discussing the plants found there.  72 species were recorded, the most interesting probably being field madder, Sherardia arvensis, which is said to be rare in the London area.  It was also interesting to see white bryony, Bryonia dioica, which prefers alkaline soils, growing a few feet away from sheep’s sorrel, Rumex acetosella, which is characteristic of acidic sandy soils.  £25.30 was contributed to the South London Botanical Institute.  Thank you!

Images: upper, general view of site; lower, field madder.

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