Category Archives: Botany


My picture shows the flower of tulip tree latin nameis Liriodendron tulipifera. This tree was introducedin Britain from North America in mid 17 th centuryand there is a magnificent tree in Darlington westcemetery. It is a deciduous tree meaning the treedrops all the leaf before winter. The flower isorange-yellow produced in May-June. The tree isnamed […]

Visit to Whitbarrow Scar, near Grange-over-Sands

26 th July 2022 Four of us (Fleur Miles, Steve Gater, Derek Risbey and David Selby) left the Darlington drizzletraveling west where we were welcomed to the sunny skies of Cumbria above Tebay.Travelling further down the M6 and then towards Grange-over-Sands we parked near thehamlet of Mill Side. As we set out to climb the […]

What can you see that is Different ?

By Derek Risbey Different ? Persephone Risbey our 11-year old granddaughter spotted something different in her sports field at  Heighington school recently. It was a four-leaf clover. I think it’s funny that we quickly notice something that is different when we are looking at plants. It was a four leaf white clover (triforia repens) Which […]

Don’s walk, Yellow Star-of- Bethlehem Gagea lutea

Don’s walk, Yellow Star-of- Bethlehem Gagea lutea. Leader Falgunee Sarker.  Sunday 20th of March, time 2-00 pm, at Low Coniscliffe village, Darlington. Enter the village from  A67 and continue until the road divides. Here we will take the left-hand road and park at the end. The path is uneven. We will be following the River […]