Wild Flower recognition
Coordinator: Mary Sambrook
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Our Wild Flower Group is quite small at present and we could accommodate at least three new members. We meet at 10.30 on the fourth Thursday of each month usually in a house, but, during this present year, from January until December, we are involved in an interesting project in Warley Woods.
The Warley Woods Trustees need information on what wild flowers grow in what’s known as The Wild Area in the Woods. The information is needed for the Trust to receive a grant of money that they have applied for. So, we have been ‘working’ outdoors on each of the Thursdays endeavouring to identify what is growing in the Wild Area. It is a most interesting project and very rewarding. Lots of Coltsfoot were growing there in the Spring and also the lovely Goats Beard known as ‘Jack-Go-To-Bed-At-Noon’ because its bright yellow flowers close from noon onwards! I haven’t seen this wild flower anywhere else in the Birmingham region. Related to the dandelion its root can be cooked and eaten like parsnip.
Learning the names and other facts about Wild Flowers is a fascinating pastime and I urge those new members to have a go and come join us!