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23rd April 2018

It has been unsettled weather, never sure if its going to be wet and cold or windy and sunny. It was still very muddy from the winter rain and we thought it wise to work together as a group in the quarry again. Eventually this place will be a wonderful source of hazel coppice but at the moment we need to clear away brambles and sycamore shoots to allow the young hazel trees space to breathe.As we walked over to the site, Stephen remarked on how strong the scent of bluebells was in the air and it made me stop being so seduced by the sight of so many blue flowers and to enjoy another very strong sensory experience in this wood.

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The start of spring is always signalled by the inquisitive unfurling of the fern. I always imagine it yawning and brushing off winter.
Marsh Marigolds, there is only one patch growing in the wood, that I know of.
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John finds a good example of a cuckoo pint – or Lords and Ladies – properly known as Arum maculatum
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John reveals the separate parts of the plants and explains how everything works

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