Flora and fauna – the Guelder rose

The Guelder Rose has a lacy, romantic looking creamy white flower with multiple little clusters of tiny flowers in the centre and a surrounding edge of larger five petalled flowers. Its delicate white appearance makes it easy to see why it inspired a traditional wedding song in Russia. Also known as dogberry, it has bunches of …

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Flora and fauna – Bird Cherry

The midpoint of the Sett Valley trail is a perfect place to stop and savour the delights of the beautiful Bird  Cherry tree. A tree that loves to grow near water, there are several dotted around here in the wet woodland  and by the stream bank.  A particularly lovely one lies in the field by the public footpath leading up to Hayfield Road. At the moment these trees are covered in clusters of creamy blossom which have a powerful scent of almonds.  Eventually the tree will develop black berries. Like most plants it had a range of uses in the past: its bark was once used to ward off the plague and its berries to dye wool. PC

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