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NOT JUST WEEDS

 Round Hill residents have been identifying plants growing on pavements and alongside walls to confer positive value on them. Many are beneficial to wildlife (e.g. bees and other insects).

Click here for background to similar projects in other cities. The photos (below) are of plants growing of their own accord (!) ....

in Roundhill Crescent and D'Aubigny Road *

Click on thumbnails to open Andrew Partington's pictures on Round Hill Community Noticeboard Facebook site
(open to RH residents only)

Click on the text links for Wikipedia information

1. willow herb | lesser stitchwort      px01.JPG

2. wall barley              px02.JPG

3. ivy leaved toadflax  px03.JPG

4. mexican fleabane   px04.JPG

5. spurge                   px05.JPG

6. smooth sowthistle px06.JPG

7. hedge mustard     px07.JPG

8. sedum                 px08.JPG

9. cranesbill            px09.JPG

10. knotgrass         px10.JPG

11. red shank       px11.JPG

12. yellow sorrel  px12.JPG

13. companula    px13.JPG

14. black medick px14.JPG

15. herb bennet   px15.JPG

16. prickly lettuce px16.jpg

17. herb robert     px17.JPG

18. nipplewort      px18.JPG

19. long headed poppy px19.JPG

20. yellow fumitory px20.JPG

21. green alkanet  px21.JPG

22. purple toadflax px22.JPG

23. dog's mercury  px23.JPG

24. ribwort plantain px24.JPG

25. mugwort           px25.JPG

26. pinapple weed px26.JPG

27. researchers    px27.JPG

27. researchers   px27b.JPG  

NOT JUST WEEDS background

Not just weeds [The Guardian, Friday 1st May 2020] - Pavement chalking to draw attention to wild flowers and plants in urban areas. One survey of pavements in Sheffield found 183 different plants, another in Cambridge found 186 species on walls. A patch of nettles can be swamped with caterpillars. And bird’s-foot-trefoil, a not uncommon urban verge plant, is a food plant for more than 160 different invertebrates.

Also commonly found (pavements & walls)

[The following are mentioned and illustrated in The Guardian article]

  • Lotus corniculatus, known as bird’s-foot-trefoil - an urban verge plant
  • Taraxacum, known as Dandelions - a lifeline to bees in early spring.
  • Echium vulgare, commonly known as vipers bugloss or blue weed - pollinated by skipper butterflies, popular with white-tailed bumble bees
  • Bellis perennis, commonly known as daisy
  • Portulaca oleracea, also known as duckweed, little hogweed, or pursley
  • Thyme

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This page was last updated by Ted on 21-Aug-2020
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