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REMINDER: Plant walk, Monday 9 July

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Roy Vickery will be leading the third in his series of plant walks on Tooting Common, London Borough of Wandsworth, on Monday 9 July, meet at the junction of Emmanuel, Fernlea and Cavendish Roads (c. 10 minutes walk from Balham stations) at 7.00 p.m.

These walks are arranged jointly by the Friends of Tooting Common and the South London Botanical Institute, and are free, but donations to be shared between the two groups would be appreciated.  All are welcome, the walk can be adapted to suit the physical capabilities of those present.

Report:  Only six people turned up on a blustery evening when it seemed as if the long hot and dry spell might be coming to an end.  Many of the plants were suffering from the weather, but we were able to see four clovers:  red (Trifolium pratense), strawberry (T. fragiferum), white (T. repens) and zigzag (T. medium).  Other plants examined included elecampane (Inula helenium), red bartsia (Odontites vernus) and yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor).  We also examined an ash (Fraxinus excelsior) sapling which was suffering from ash dieback (first noted on the Common on 8 June).  More positively we were suprised to see a large number of oak (Quercus robur) seedlings in  areas of uncut grassland; despite knopper galls making many acorns unviable, it appears that oak is capable of producing good seed and, if conditions allowed, the Common would rapidly revert to oak woodland.

Images: upper, elecampane; lower, examining red bartsia, © Carlos Bruzon, Bedford Field, Tooting Common, July 2018.

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