Thursday, 9 July 2009

Allen Banks

The historic woodland at Allen Banks was given to the National Trust in 1942 by the Bowes-Lyon family and has a long and varied history. The 'Wilderness Walks' were created between 1830 and 1860 to provide a wild contrast to the formal parkland and gardens surrounding Ridley Hall; they include bridges across the River Allen, flights of stone stairs from the river bank to the higher parts of the woods, an artificial pond, seats and several scenic viewpoints along the valley. Today, the woodland remains a peaceful place to walk and observe the natural world.

The River Allen near Raven Crag

My interest focused again on some the plant life:

Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)

Common Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii)

Enchanter's Nightshade (Circaea lutetiana)

Beech nuts (Fagus sylvatica)

Despite my best endeavours, I am unable to positively identify the following but I think this plant is Common St. John's Wort (Hypercium perforatum) ...

And this is the seed head of a Rough Hawkbit (Leontondon hispidus) ...

Further information about Allen Banks can be found here


Greenfingers said...

Lovely pictures Emma, especially the enchanter's nightshade - it's a plant I've walked past lots of times and never really looked at closely. That yellow-flowered plant might be golden rod Solidago virgaurea if it was growing in woodland.

Anonymous said...

Hi Emma, St Johns Wort are not the easiest of plants to ID. The alternative to the Common may be the Hairy St Johns Wort (Hypercium hirsutum), its stem is thicker in my book, much like the photo on your blog. But you could easily be right anyway.

holdingmoments said...

Beautiful pictures Emma.
It looks a lovely place to walk, especially alongside the river.