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REMINDER: Plant walk, 25 February

On Sunday 25 February we shall explore Graveney Woods, part of Tooting Common, London Borough of Wandsworth, looking at the trees and other plants growing there.  Meet at the junction of Furzedown, Thrale and Ullathorne Roads, at 2.30 p.m.  Although it will probably be muddy underfoot the walk will be adapted to make it accessible to as many as possible.  All welcome (voluntary collection in aid of local Green Party funds).

Report:  About 12 people turned up on a bright but cold afternoon to examine and discuss the trees in the Woods (which have little ground flora).  The dominant tree on the site, from which gravel was extracted on the nineteenth century, is pedunculate oak (Quercus petraea); other trees seen included beech (Fagus sylvatica), hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), and hornbeam (Carpinus betulus),  Just north of the Woods we examined a red oak (Quercus rubra) which when it was in its prime was reputed to be the tree on the Common with the widest crown, but since then branches have fallen off or have been removed, and its trunk has many bracket fungi growing on it.  Nearby the soil had been cleared from an area of grassland in an attempt to encourage the development of acid grassland, locally a rare habitat.  Judging by the amount of sheep’s sorrel (Rumex acetosella) which has appeared it seems probable that acid grassland will successfully develop.

£22.96 was donated to local Green Party funds.

Updated 26 February 2018.

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