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REMINDER: Wonderful Weeds

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Roy Vickery will be talking about Wonderful Weeds at St Mary’s Church, Church Road, Beddington, at 7.30 p.m. this evening.  For full details see the events page on the website.                                                                                   Report:  About 30 people turned up and, we hope, enjoyed a talk about some of the plants which the speaker had collected on his way to the venue.  During the discussion which followed only two of those present had not heard of dock (Rumex spp.) leaves being used to treat nettle (Urtica dioica) stings.  Of these, one was from Canada, where apparently greater plantain (Plantago major) leaves are used, and the other from Germany, where they use ribwort plantain (P. lanceolata).  Another person reported that he worked in a local park where a landfill area had lots of nettles, but no docks, so people used horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) leaves instead.

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