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REMINDER: Wildflower Walk, 29 September

Roy Vickery will be leading a Wildflower Walk in Brompton Cemetery, London, on Saturday 29 September; meet at the Cemetery’s North Lodge, at 11.30 a.m.  For further details see the Events page on this website.

Report:  Despite it being a warm, bright and sunny day which enticed many people into the Cemetery only four people chose to join the walk.  Plants encountered included cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris), hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium), and rosebay willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium), all of which have been known as mother-die, and considered unlucky.  Useful plants included bistort (Persicaria bistorta) and nettle (Urtica dioica), both of which were eaten in springtime.  Although few people turned up the feedback was encouraging, one participant requesting a similar walk in the spring.

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