Wildflower of the Week – Cowslip

Cowslip is an attractive flowering plant found in meadows and on woodland floors. The leaves are dark green and wrinkled, and quite wide but narrow towards the end. They grow in a basal rosette formation. Th e flowers are bright yellow, bell-shaped flowers that have five petals. The flowers are enclosed by a long, green, tube-shaped calyx (protective flower casing) and [...]

Wildflower of the Week – Cowslip2021-07-05T15:03:44+01:00

Wildflower of the Week – Night Flowering Catchfly

Night-flowering catchfly is a medium height annual similar in appearance to white campion but covered with sticky hairs (hence the common name catchfly), and with more deeply notched petals. The flowers also differ in colour being white or pink on top and creamy yellow on the back. The petals remain rolled up in the day opening out in the evening [...]

Wildflower of the Week – Night Flowering Catchfly2021-05-11T12:29:03+01:00

Ducklings at Lindengate

There is always a great deal of excitement when the ducklings start to hatch at Lindengate.  This year is no exception and we were delighted to welcome our newest arrivals last week.   We expect a few more over the coming days and weeks, who will join the Moorhens and their 4 chicks on the pond. Video of Ducklings 

Ducklings at Lindengate2021-05-05T11:40:58+01:00

Wildflower of the Week – Greater StitchWort

Greater stitchwort is a perennial plant that grows to 1metre in height with larger flowers (2-3cm across) than its relative, Lesser stitchwort (0.5-1cm across). This beautiful spreading carpet is happiest in woodland areas, hedgerows and grassy banks but will also makes itself at home in our gardens too. Flowers can be seen from April to June.  Nature Honeybees, butterflies and [...]

Wildflower of the Week – Greater StitchWort2021-05-04T15:10:33+01:00

Devils Bit Scabious

Devil’s bit scabious is a clump-forming perennial, growing slowly and spreading into sizeable patches of broad, lance-shaped leaves. The flower stems arise in late summer, to produce clouds of flowers above the foliage. These are best described as perfect little pincushions, tight domes of tiny flowers with their little stigmas sticking out. Opening from July until October. In the wild, [...]

Devils Bit Scabious2021-04-28T13:00:10+01:00

Wildflower Spotting

Wildlife is everywhere from cracks in the pavement to vast woodlands. See if you can spot any of these wildflowers in your day to day life and get to know the world around you a little better.  This clear guide can help you identify the flowers that you might be seeing Wildflower Spotting   Nettle Leaved Bellflower

Wildflower Spotting2021-04-20T12:22:18+01:00

Tree of the Week – Amelanchier

Snowy mespilus or June Berry (Amelanchier) Amelanchier lamarckii  tree is known for its stunning Spring blooms and lovely Autumn colour. These are small deciduous trees or shrubs with showy white flowers in early Spring, red to purple fruits and often good autumn colour. A small tree of open habit, with bronze-tinged young leaves turning orange and red in autumn. White [...]

Tree of the Week – Amelanchier2021-04-21T11:23:25+01:00

Wildflower of the Week – Red Dead Nettle

Red Dead Nettle - Lamium purpureum does not sting.  It displays dense clusters of pinky-red flowers in whorls around its stem and can be found on disturbed ground, in our gravel paths and flower beds.   Red dead-nettle is a common plant that likes ot grow anywhere the grown has been disturbed or cultivated.  It grows to 30cm tall and doesnt' [...]

Wildflower of the Week – Red Dead Nettle2021-04-21T11:20:49+01:00

Tree of the Week – Blackthorn

Blackthorn (Sloe) - Prunus spinosa - early to blossom, blackthorn trees have clouds of snow-white flowers in early Spring.  They're best known for their rich, inky, dark fruits.     Spiny and densely branched, mature trees can grow to a height of around 6-7m and live for up to 100 years.  The dark brown bark is smooth. The leaves are slightly wrinkled, [...]

Tree of the Week – Blackthorn2021-04-21T11:22:22+01:00

Try Something New – Wild Garlic

Have you ever tried wild garlic? Often found in ancient and mature woodland, wild garlic can be hard to miss. You might notice the smell first and then, perhaps among the bluebells, you might see a carpet of broad leaved plants on the forest floor. The leaves are best picked when young and fresh (before it flowers) and are perfect [...]

Try Something New – Wild Garlic2021-03-23T13:06:42+00:00
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