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The area has now been opened up and we hope that the Bog Bean can spread through it. A screen of trees was left at the lake frontage.

Bog Bean (Menyanthes trifoliata L.)

The plant, a native of Britain and Europe, grows in bogs and shallow water. A creeping perennial with trefoil leaves and spikes of pink and white flowers. Grows to a height of 30 cm. Flowers in April - June when the leaves are gathered. The leaves are the parts of the plant that are used medicinally.

Bogbean is a strongly bitter herb that encourages appetite and stimulation digestive secretions. It is deobstruent (clears away obstructions by opening the natural passages of the body). It is a laxative in large doses.

This shows the area of bog with the lake in the background. The trees are clearly in a bad state and were all to be cleared.

The Bog Bean was growing in the more open areas.


11 September, 2007

Plump Hill fishing lake

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The start of our autumn schedule took us to the fishing lake at the top of Plump Hill. Although the schedule said 'pond clearance' we quickly realised that we were, in fact, going to be doing 'bog clearance' on the side of the lake where a good display of Bog Bean had been growing and was getting smothered by the half dead trees. Some of our members had, luckily, brought waders to wear as the bog was quite deep and quickly caught us out! We cleared a good area and enjoyed the day out even though muscles started aching from the unexpected activity!
















Bog Bean plants






















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