Creeping thistle (Cirsium arvense) taken at dawn this morning by DKG.


This has been a year of astonishing growth: more grass than we have ever seen, nettles at head height, trees and shrubs sagging under the weight of blossom. Our common hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium) is standing seven feet tall in places with flower-heads the size of dinner plates.

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Chris Seymour’s pictures of the park’s common spotted orchids.

Dog roses (Rosa canina) are in flower in the park’s hedges. We are promised good weekend weather so come and see.

The first common spotted orchid of the year, photographed by Ian Bushell. Send in your own orchid photographs to and we will publish them all.


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