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Upcoming events, 19-25 July 2021

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Plenty of events coming up, for details see Events page on this website:

Monday 19 July:  South London Botanical Institute visit to St Mary’s Merton Park, London  churchyard, London Borough of Merton, starting at 7.00 p.m.

Report:  Six of us gathered on a pleasantly cool evening after a very hot day.  Unfortunately the churchyard had been mown leaving little of interest to be seen, so we wandered around the surrounding area, paying particular attention to the varied plants in John Innes Park,  admired a fine dawn redwood, Metasequoia glyptotroboides, and generally enjoying each other’s company.

Thursday 22 July:  Pavement Prowl, looking at wild plants growing on the pavement and in front gardens, in Dafforne Road, Tooting, London Borough of Wandsworth, starting at 2.30 p.m.; as we are not expecting to find many plants this walk will be particulary suitable for beginners.

Report: Five people gathered on an extremely hot afternoon to spend about an hour walking along pavements and recording what grew on them and in front gardens.  32 species of flowering plants, two species of ferns, one liverwort, and three lichens were seen.  Despite the heat it was agreed that the event was worthwhile and we agreed to meet in September to continue our exploration of the local flora.

Friday 23 July:  Looking for, and at, plants on Clapham Common, London Borough of Lambeth, starting at 11 a.m.

Report:  Only two people had booked for this event, but both turned up and we spent a pleasant 90 minutes wandering around the south end of the Common, enjoying a fine colony of soapwort (Saponaria officinalis) which was in its prime, an area devoted to the encouragement of wild flowers, and two small mistletoe (Viscum album) which had been sown on  an ?apple tree just inside an area of woodland. As mistletoe usually prefers to grow on more isolated trees it will be interesting to see how these survive in woodland; at present they look healthy.

Sunday 25 July:  Plant hunt in West Norwood Cemetery, London Borough of Lambeth, starting at 2 p.m.

Report:  Although the weather ranged from wet to very wet, six of us spent a couple of hours exploring the corner of the Cemetery nearest its entrance.  66 plant species were recorded, and it was generally agreed that the South London Botanical Institute should go ahead with an extensive survey of  the Cemetery’s flora.

Image:  spotted medick, Medicago arabica, West Norwood Cemetery, June 2021.

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