Last night’s bat walk at Stoke Park

What an incredible evening! We had a fantastic turnout of 20 guests, great to see youngsters coming along.  We took our Bat detectors with us and as we entered the woods they soon came to life with the click click click of Britain’s smallest species the Pipistrelle. I have not seen so many at the Read more about Last night’s bat walk at Stoke Park[…]

How to make Elder flower fritters

Recipe for today A tasty treat for kids at this time of year ,Elder flower fritters! Pick some elder flowers shake off bugs, get some batter mix and a lemon, dip the flowers in the batter mix and shallow / deep fry for two minutes squeeze of lemon juice over the top , job done Read more about How to make Elder flower fritters[…]

Beware the giant hogweed !

Kate Tomlinson from the BSPP sent me a link today about the dangers of the giant hogweed. Giant hogweed leads to blindness and skin burn I have an impressive example of just how big these plant monsters can grow. I’ll post an image here soon. Anyway, while they are indeed fantastic looking, please don’t go Read more about Beware the giant hogweed ![…]

Wild City , wild food

Today I’m visiting Shirehampton to teach people all about wild foods on behalf of the “Wild City” project on how to identify edible plants from poison plants and then make a tasty treat with what we collect. I’ve never been there before so its going be interesting to see what I can find. In true Read more about Wild City , wild food[…]

Leafy Murder Mystery – Steve England and Katie Tomlinson prove anyone can be a successful plant detective!

Last week, finally saw the eagerly awaited Leafy Murder Mystery take place at Stoke Park. Organised by Katie Tomlinson, from the British Society for Plant Pathology, it aimed to introduce school children and members of the public to the roles that pathogens, in their various forms of fungi, bacteria and other microorganisms, play in causing Read more about Leafy Murder Mystery – Steve England and Katie Tomlinson prove anyone can be a successful plant detective![…]

Raspberries in December!

In Stoke Park, dozens of plants are flowering out of season. What’s going on? Steve says: “This all revolves around rising temperatures – a soil temperature of above 16C stimulates plants to grow. At the moment the soil temperature is warming up so quickly it is causing all sorts of things to grow out of Read more about Raspberries in December![…]

Stoke Park Monuments suffering vandalism and ruin

SOME of Stoke Park’s most historic monuments are being destroyed while its handover to the council is hit by delays. Campaigner Steve England, who is chair of Stoke Park Action Group, is worried the park will be in a dire state when Bristol City Council finally acquire the estate. Steve England at Stoke Park where Read more about Stoke Park Monuments suffering vandalism and ruin[…]