We are so excited to announce the launch of our brand new Boundary Way Educational Resources. We have created four seasonal plant spotter worksheets and an historical resource all about the Camera Obscura. Today we are going to be talking all about our plant spotting resources and can’t wait to share them with you …
Herbalist Maria Billington has been researching and mapping the plants in Boundary Way Community Garden for over a year now, providing the inspiration and information for us to create the four, double sided resources. She has been helped in her research by students from local schools, plot holders and the project team, and everyone has done a brilliant job of helping us to discover the natural heritage of our site.
Maria and the Boundary Way team have been working with graphic designer Marie Sewell to transform the information collected from the garden into beautiful, informative and accessible resources based around the seasons. Each seasonal worksheet contains an explanation of the season and when it is considered to take place; a spotter’s guide of four plants and where to look for them, illustrated by Marie; photographs of the plants, taken at Boundary Way; and interesting information about each one!
It was so difficult to decide which plants to feature on the resource because we have such a rich natural heritage here at Boundary Way. Here are the plants we decided to feature this time around; we hope to continue our work in this area and feature as many of our plants as possible in the future.
Spring – Daffodil, Cleavers, Alder, Primrose
Summer – Daisy, Dock Leaf, Dandelion Leaf, Herb Robert
Autumn – Nettle Leaf, Bramble, Ivy, Elder
Winter – Dog Rose, Hawthorn, Plantain, Silver Birch Leaf
The creation of these resources was made possible by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.