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 bright red berries in the autumn which are a favourite with mistle thrushes and bull finches.

Often a sign of ancient woodland, it loves damp ground (New Mills is good for that!) and can be found dotted along the Sett Valley trail.

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