TG3204 : A stand of alders

taken 4 years ago, near to Rockland st Mary, Norfolk, Great Britain

A stand of alders
A stand of alders
On the eastern edge of the Hellington and Rockland St Mary Community Reserve. Growing beside a drainage ditch marking the northern edge of Low Common. Black Alder (Alnus glutinosa) can frequently be found on waterlogged soil where their roots help to limit erosion during heavy spates. In the past, alders were coppiced and the wood used to make charcoal and until up to the mid-1940s, alder charcoal was also used in making gunpowder.
The Hellington and Rockland St Mary Community Reserve

In 2014, the development and management of the Hellington and Rockland St Mary Community Reserve, comprising the eastern end of Hellington Low Common, was taken on by a community trust "for the benefit of the inhabitants and those interested in Hellington and Rockland St Mary, without distinction of gender, sexual orientation, race or political, religious or other opinions". The land is owned by the Parochial Church Council, with the rent being paid from stakeholders' subscriptions.

The reserve is a designated county wildlife site and covers 6.6 acres of ground which is traversed by the Hellington Beck. With the help of local volunteers and supported by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the Parish and South Norfolk District Councils, the trust aims to manage the condition of the reserve and to create a healthy environment for diverse species of flora and fauna to flourish, and to educate visitors of all ages, with the objectives of improving the condition of the reserve and providing opportunities to enjoy the countryside.

On the sandy area of grassland to the south of the beck Dove's-foot crane's bill (Geranium molle) > Link , Common spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii), Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) > Link and Spring beauty (Claytonia perfoliata) > Link can be seen; Common reed (Phragmites australis), Reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea), Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) , Water mint ((Mentha aquatica) > Link and Hemp agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum) grow on the lower marshy ground north of the beck. Beside the path Lesser celandine (Ficaria verna) > Link , Primrose (Primular vulgaris) > Link and Dog violet (viola riviniana) > Link can be found. Red campion (Silene dioica) > Link , Wild mustard (Sinapis arvensis) > Link and Greater stitchwort (Stellaria holostea) > Link grow on the bank of the beck which is populated by clusters of Watercress ((Nasturtium officinale) > Link. 600 native hedge plants, shrubs and trees have also been planted.

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 10 January, 2017   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 10 January, 2017
Geographical Context
Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3225 0402 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:35.0606N 1:25.6133E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3223 0401
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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