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Burdock, a plant with a past

If you walk down through Bathing House Wood, along the Coastal Path from the west, you may have noticed a plant with very big leaves growing just were one of the paths from Swallow Craig joins the main path. This is Burdock and at the end of July when these photos were taken it was in flower The purple flowers betray that it is a relative of the thistles and like them can be popular with Common Carder Bumblebees. For those who have long memories Burdock was an ingredient of a soft drink from my childhood that has had a resurgence of popularity in recent years, Dandelion & Burdock. It is not an unpleasant drink, but it is a bit of an acquired taste. But it has another claim to fame and the n

Horticultural Show 2nd September

Once again the gazebo was hauled out and put up, this time in good weather and with no wind to threaten its stability. We also had the benefit of our new and colourful banners, courtesy of SignPlus, to attract visitors to our stand. There was a steady stream of people coming to see what we had to show of our activities, helped by some of the Donibrisle P7 posters from the first nettle clearing work; Blair’s wonderful collection of pottery fragments and bones gleaned from the beach beside Bathing House Wood; a selection of some of the wildflowers that also grow on the Triangle; and the challenge of choosing water or wine. Altogether a very successful day with quite a bit of new interest in

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