Archive of: Plants

  • Become a Tree Detective

    13 July 2022

    Become a Tree Detective

    Identifying trees can be a challenge for those new to wildlife watching and gardening but this is because they are a challenging group of plants to identify. Paul Ritchie tells us more.

     
  • Bark patterns

    27 June 2022

    Bark patterns

    Audrey Jarvis of Lewes Urban Arboretum looks at how fascinating and varied bark patterns can be.

     
  • Wild orchids

    30 May 2022

    Wild orchids

    Patrick Roper talks about the orchids that can be found in Sussex

     
  • How to ID a winter tree

    20 February 2022

    How to ID a winter tree

    Lederman trainee Mark Newton tells us about how to identify winter trees

     
  • Marsh Helleborine

    03 December 2021

    Marsh Helleborine

    Marsh Helleborine is a rare plant in Britain and in Sussex it has been lost from all of its historic sites

     
  • Soil

    24 November 2021

    Soil

    There’s a secret world beneath your feet - of soil. Charlotte Owen tells us more

     
  • Where are all the acorns?

    15 November 2021

    Where are all the acorns?

    Have you noticed that the Oak trees have been a bit bare this autumn? We’ve seen hardly any acorns but there were plenty last year. What’s going on? Charlotte Owen explains about mast years.

     
  • That old chestnut

    28 October 2021

    That old chestnut

    Charlotte Owen tells us about a tree introduced by the Romans - the sweet chestnut

     
  • Why do leaves change colour in autumn?

    20 October 2021

    Why do leaves change colour in autumn?

    What’s going on when leaves change colour in autumn?

     
  • Gorse: the vibrant yellow flower that smells of coconut

    26 August 2021

    Gorse: the vibrant yellow flower that smells of coconut

    Gorse - the flower that smells of coconut.

     
  • The flowering tree that smells like a decomposing corpse

    20 August 2021

    The flowering tree that smells like a decomposing corpse

    Hawthorn. Beautiful but stinky when in flower

     
  • Folklore - fleabane

    08 August 2021

    Folklore - fleabane

    Fleabane is so-called for its apparent ability to ward off fleas and throughout history it was dried, strewn or burnt in an effort to keep them at bay.