Cherry Garden Farm, Ashurstwood

Field meeting reports
Picture of Carex viridula ssp oedocarpa (Common Yellow-sedge)
Carex viridula ssp oedocarpa (Common Yellow-sedge). Photo: Brad Scott

Meeting date: 18 May 2016

(Leader: Helen Proctor)

We returned at the kind invitation of Philip and Pam Glyn, the owners of the estate, in order to add Spring-flowering taxa to last year’s survey. Seven members were not deterred by the forecast of heavy rain. Unfortunately the forecast was correct! Armed with umbrellas and swathed in waterproofs, we set off for Berry Wood.  No murmurs of complaint were heard  – perhaps they were deafened by the torrentrial rain!  Carex strigosa (Thin-spiked Wood-sedge) grew by the main ride and one stem of Orchis mascula (Early Purple-orchid) was flowering. When the rain eventually stopped, we ventured out again to explore the meadow and Sandstone rock outcrops. Festuca altissima (Tall Fescue) was thriving, thanks to the measures taken to protect it from deer.  A single plant of Vaccinium myrtillus (Bilberry) had arrived on the estate. Fourteen taxa were added to the list for the farm and seven to the records for TQ43D.

Picture of botanists in the rain
It was wet! Photo: Brad Scott