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Botanical 2013

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Opposite you see the humble stinging nettle, which by the way has thrived well this year.

Its botanical name is Urtica dioica and as far as we know was brought here by the Romans, its sting is said to be a counterirritant, which if rubbed near an injury makes the injury less noticeable.  historians have said that the Romans also used it for food by boiling it like spinach and because it has always been a prolific grower they were never short of greens.

Many butterflies also lay their eggs on them, principally the Peacock, and Red Admiral whose caterpillars feed off the leaves.

Next time you get stung try to remember the good that they do.

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To your left is the beautiful blossom of the Horse Chestnut or Conker tree, Aesculus Hippocastanum which grows and flowers along the western side of the park primarily.

These trees like every other species it seems is under threat by insects that have entered the country from abroad.

From the beauty of the tree on the left to a tree that loses all its leaves prematurely, with all the connotations, illness and Virus attack, such a shame.

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To your right we have Plantago Media or the common Plantain, how many people look closely enough to see how beautiful it is.

It is growing where the grass is no longer being cut under the trees on the north side of the park, it has many medicinal properties for the herbalist.

But never use a plant or root for any reason unless you seek information from an expert

THE OAK AND  ACORNS

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one of the many grasses that have flowered and seeded in the area left unmown on the north side of the park

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