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REMINDER: Two upcoming walks

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Friday 7 May:  Pavement prowl, exploring  pavement ‘weeds’ around Tulse Hill, London Borough of Lambeth, starting at 11 a.m.

Report:  Six of us spent about 90 minutes wandering along the streets near the South London Botanical Institute enjoying the plants growing on their pavements, which included four species of speedwell: common field speedwell (Veronica persica), ivy-leaved (V. hederifolia), wall (V. arvensis), all of which we had seen on our April visit to Wandsworth Cemetery, and thyme-leaved (V. serpyllifolia).

Sunday 9 May: Tree Walk, Battersea Park, London Borough of Wandsworth, starting at 2.30 p.m.

Report:  Five people had booked, but one was unable to join us.  A wide range of trees, ranging from a native black poplar, Populus nigra ssp. betulifolia, planted in 2012 to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II;  a wingnut, Pterocarya sp., and a Wollemi pine, Wollemia nobilis, a species first discovered in New South Wales, Australia in 1994.  We also enjoyed seeing two naturalized herbaceous plants:  perfoliate alexanders, Smyrnium perfoliatum and star-of-Bethlehem, Ornithogalum umbellatum.

For further details, and how to book, see the Events Page on this website.

Image: cabbage palm, Cordyline australis, Battersea Park, March 2021.

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