Thank You

Saturday, November 14th 2015

As has been mentioned many times before on the blog, Foxglove's volunteers are brilliant, turning their hands to many varied tasks.  Recently they have been involved in habitat work, leading guided walks, helping with school groups, identifying moths and entering them into the Species Programme and organising and helping at the coffee morning. 

Glennis, one of Foxglove's volunteers, organised a presentation by John Webster titled Light and Inspiration.  Last night, over 100 friends and visitors were enthralled.  After the presentation everyone enjoyed an excellent meal.  A huge thank you to John and Glennis, not forgetting other volunteers who helped and the staff who prepared and served the meal.

The wet and windy weather is hastening Foxglove from autumn to winter.  Gone are most of the flowers and many of the seeds have been dispersed.  Some trees have lost all their leaves.  These Ash trees near the middle moor gate, now show their bare branches against the sky.

Leafless Ash trees

One late flowering sedge, Galingale, can be seen growing around one of the ponds.  It is a sedge and definitely has edges.  The stem is triangular, although the photograph does not show it very well.

Sedge

Galingale has a distinctive rusty red flower head.  There is not much information about this plant other than if it is grown in an ornamental pond, it can take over unlesss planted in a container.  It spreads by underground aromatic rhizomes. 

Galingale, a sedge


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