NB: More specialised notes on the geology will follow closer to the event. The following will, I hope,whet the appetite of the non-specialists – for whom there is no excuse not to join us!This year’s geology programme, has been designed around the theme of ‘minerals’ (lead, fluorspar,baryites, iron) putting the spotlight onto the ‘T’- Teesdale […]


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 […]

Hell Kettles

Hell Kettles 21 st of June 2022 was the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere and our club members werewalking, recording flora and fauna in the Hell Kettles. Famous botanists of Darlington, StephenRobson (1777), Dr.R.Taylor Manson (1884), J.B.Nicholson (! 929) visited and recorded plants atHell Kettles. There were two theories about the origins of these […]