Flora and fauna  – Goosegrass and other regrets
Jun19

Flora and fauna – Goosegrass and other regrets

Flora and fauna – Goosegrass and other regrets REGRET 1 It will have been in the mid-60’s on a school geography field trip looking at flood plains on the Goyt in Stockport when I was first surprised by Himalayan balsam, its popping wriggling seedpods entertaining the whole class far more than any ox-bow lake. Oh dear and apologies to New Mills Balsam Bashers. I believe the stuff was used in cotton production way back when...

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The Clocking In House – Torr Vale Mill
Jun17

The Clocking In House – Torr Vale Mill

New Mills is blessed with some fantastic accommodation and over the coming weeks we will be featuring some on these pages – a full list can be found in the accommodation section on this web site. The Clocking In House is one of three superbly located cottages in converted outbuildings of the Grade II* listed, Torr Vale Mill on the leafy banks of the River Goyt. This historic and quirky cottage was where the mill workers would...

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Flora and fauna – Devils and other stories
Sep25

Flora and fauna – Devils and other stories

Checking out the field this evening I’ve just discovered this lovely patch of Devilsbit Scabious. A magnet for bees and butterflies it’s less common than its bruiser of a cousin the Field Scabious which you may have seen lining the roadsides of the Peak District in midsummer. Devilsbit (weird name eh) prefers damp spots and is a later flowered too; its more delicate, strappy leaves don’t have the deep...

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New Mills Walkers are Welcome
Aug24

New Mills Walkers are Welcome

Here is an update of events over the next few weeks: Saturday 27 August : Walk to Marple Bridge via Linnet Clough, train back from Marple Bridge. Meet at New Mills Heritage Centre at 10.30 am. Stout footwear recommended as Linnet Clough is a bit rocky Sunday 28 August : Bat Walk Meet at the Heritage Centre at 6.30 pm Short talk and video followed by a short walk Thursday 1 September : Goytside Meadows Meet at the Heritage Centre at...

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Videos
Jul21

Videos

Over the coming weeks we will be publishing a series of videos of New Mills showing the town in its different aspects. The first one shows the great outdoors and is produced by Sonder Pictures of New Mills  ...

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Flora and fauna – Boss Hog
Jun28

Flora and fauna – Boss Hog

Boss Hog I was driving down Dolly Lane earlier today and was so taken by the cow parsley on the verges that I decided to write a bit about that family of plants, the Umbellifers (think umbrella). It’s a large group of plants all with these lovely creamy white (occasionally yellow) umbels of flowers which are a real draw for insects. I’ve labelled these. As a youngster in Stockport (when it were all fields…) we used to dig up pignuts...

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