In the Mire

Our volunteers have turned their attention in recent weeks to collecting seed to help promote new plant species growing at Nosterfield.  

A rich source of wet grasssland and bog loving plants has been discovered at Kilgram, alongside the River Ure near Jervaulx.  With the permission of the tenant farmer Martin Smith two groups have gone in complete with bags to collect species such as meadowsweet, wild angelica, blunt-flowered rush, hemp agrimony and pepper saxifrage.

Volunteers collecting seed

Volunteers collecting seed

The seeds of these plants are now being prepared for sowing.

Meanwhile at Flask Lake four trail areas have been cleared of undergrowth and been especially-prepared as seed beds to eventually take the seed which will hopefully germinate in the spring of 2017.  The help and advice of ecologist and plant expert Martin Hammond has been invaluable and we will all be keen to see how successful we are in providing a new home for these unusual plants.