Wildflowers in Geldeston churchyard

<<24 September 2019>>

The wildflowers that now grow in the old churchyard at Geldeston have been surveyed on two occasions. From April to October 1980, Mrs Mary Tuppen observed and recorded 27 varieties of wildflower, growing in our churchyard. In June 2007, at the request of the Parish Council, Andrina Walmsley of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust visited Geldeston and found 15 wildflowers around St Michael’s Church.

Wandering around Bungay the other day, I saw “Beebombs” advertised in the florists. These are small hemp bags containing the seeds of 18 species of wildflower, native to Britain and “confirmed by the Royal Horticultural Society as Perfect for Pollinators” – www.Beebombs.com

Each bag, they promise, will return 21 square feet of wildflower habitat. Since the Second World War Britain has lost 97% of its wildflower habitat. There are hardly any traditional meadows left; such grassland is ploughed up and resown each year.

Not surprisingly, our churchyard contains almost all of the flowers these Beebombs include.

John Crowfoot

Mrs Tuppen’s list (April to October 1980)

  1. Bugle
  2. buttercup, bulbous
  3. buttercup, creeping
  4. buttercup, meadow
  5. Comfrey
  6. Corn mint
  7. Daisy
  8. Dandelion
  9. Dogwood Violet
  10. Early Scorpion grass
  11. Field woodrush
  12. Greater Field Speedwell
  13. Ground Ivy
  14. Herb Robert (aka Shining Cranesbill)
  15. Lesser Celandine
  16. Meadow Saxifrage
  17. Ox-eye Daisy
  18. Periwinkle
  19. Primrose
  20. Purging flax
  21. Red dead nettle
  22. Self-heal
  23. Shepherd’s Purse
  24. Speedwell, common
  25. Speedwell, Germander
  26. Stinging nettle
  27. Winter aconite