St Mark's Mansfield

Spotted orchid

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WP_20160616_12_19_19_ProThe earth turns up such treasures when we allow it to and when we open our eyes to see them.

I was over the moon yesterday to find a Spotted Orchid (not sure whether Common or Heath) flowering in the strip of long grass beside the church wall.   Any wild orchid has a certain exotic charm and we already have a colony of rare bee orchids flourishing in the wild meadow beside the main steps.   This area is set aside from the usual management of the garden, only getting cut once a year and forming a haven for insects, birds and other wildlife.

Thank you Dulcie for discovering the bee orchids back in 2003 and to Carla who more recently had the vision for allowing a wildlife meadow to establish and to everyone at St Mark’s for being patient and allowing ‘controlled untidiness’ in the church garden.   It’s really paying off!   Why not take a walk on the wild side and see how many wild flowers you can spot and identify?   Isobel

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