Our Bluebells

In April’s newsletter we had an article on ‘Nature-Our Woods’. I have since been back to see the amazing display of bluebells.

The bluebell has many names: English bluebell, wild hyacinth, wood bell, bell bottle, Cuckoo’s Boots, Wood Hyacinth, Lady’s Nightcap and Witches’ Thimbles, Hyacinthoides non-script.

Since 1998, native bluebells have been protected by Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (WCA). It is illegal to intentionally pick, uproot or destroy bluebells. 

Bluebells can take years to recover after foot damage. If a bluebell’s leaves are crushed, they die back from lack of food as the leaves cannot photosynthesis.

If you plant bluebells, you should make sure it's the English bluebell, not the Spanish version. This is a more vigorous plant and could out-compete our delicate native flower.

Almost half the world's bluebells are found in the UK, they’re relatively rare in the rest of the world.  Bluebell colonies take a long time to establish - around 5-7 years from seed to flower.

George Clift

The following is the obituary of George Clift reported in the local paper back in 1991, he appears to have been a very versatile person and we assume well known at the time.

However, we have not been able to find anything more about him other what is stated in his obituary.

One of our researchers has researched Merchant Navy, Royal Navy and All England Lightweight, and film records without any success other than his name may have been William George Clift and it is possible he went in the Merchant Navy as an eight-year-old cabin boy. David Davis a circus enthusiast and journalist who writes in the Circus Friends Associations Magazine ‘King Pole’ has been able to give us information on the circus mentioned but cannot find anything out about George’s circus career. Facebook request has not thrown anything up – so if there is anybody out there who knew George or his family please get in touch.

The Other Basildon

I wonder how many of you are aware that is another Basildon. It is a small civil parish in Berkshire and comprises of two small villages of Upper Basildon and Lower Basildon. They are so named because of their respective heights above the River Thames which is on the Northern border of the parish.

Vange Well #5

During this period of Isolation individuals have been taking their daily exercise by walking the beautiful woods of Langdon Hills. Many for the first time and reports on Facebook tell us of the surprise of coming across a rather curious building tacked away in Martinhole Wood off One Tree Hill and wondering what it is.

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