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6 August 2013

Lancaut Chapel and Ridley Bottom

Grid Ref ST541966



We cut the long grass at Lancaut Chapel and Ridley Bottom every year and the wildflowers benefit from this. Lancaut Chapel is inaccessible for machinery so we use a strimmer and rake all the grass away. Ridley Bottom can be cut by a tractor but the bottom area is so steep that we have to cut that with strimmers as well. It was a fine day to enjoy the isolation of the sites and there was a profusion of butterflies everywhere.





We left these plants so that they could seed.


Elecampane (Inula helenium), also called horse-heal or marchalan (in Welsh), is a perennial composite plant common in many parts of Great Britain

It was formerly a medicinal plant used as an expectorant to treat coughs, bronchitis and emphysema. It yields Inulin, which some people mistakenly quote as insulin. Inulin is a kind of sugar that is less sweet and does not provoke the same dangerous bodily response to sugar in people with diabetes

In France and Switzerland it is used in the manufacture of absinthe.





The grass has been cut and the remains are taken to be composted at the back of the chapel.





Lancaut Chapel is the 11th Century St James's church. There has been a settlement on Lancaut since Norman times and is believed to have once been a leper colony The River Wye is in the background.

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