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24 February 2009

The Martagon Lily or Turk's cap Lily

The plant is stem-rooting, growing between 1 m and 2 m tall. The flower colour is typically a pink-purple, with dark spots, but is quite variable, extending from near white to near black. The flowers are scented. Numerous flowers are borne on each plant, and up to 50 can be found on vigorous plants.

This plant was introduced to British woods after 1500 AD

The extent of the coppicing required is obvious in this photo taken as we were about to start. A lot of the trees were already dead. The smell of wild garlic was quite strong as the plants are just beginning to grow.

Lippets Grove GWT Reserve

Grid Ref SO541003

There was a good one and a half mile walk from the car park at Tidenham Chase to join Offa's Dyke path to Lippets Grove. It is an area of ancient woodland and will benefit from coppicing to allow wild flowers to thrive. We passed the herd of Exmoor ponies now being used to keep the heathland at Tidenham Chase in good condition. This is the largest area of heathland in Gloucestershire. The site was just off Offa's Dyke path on the hillside overlooking the River Wye and Tintern.

Lippets Grove


Martagon Lily







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