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Good evening fellow gardeners!

I'm (still) working through identifying the plants in the school wildlife garden, and after hours of looking on websites and going through all my books...I admit defeat...Could you help?  I'm putting together a concept board with plant idents and a plan of the garden and these plants are the missing pieces....

thanks again for your help.  It makes a huge difference!







Bracken at the top

I think Hazel next, A pic of the bark would confirm (or not)

In the last pic, is that a child or adult hand. Just trying to get scale. And pic of the bark and twigs would help

Ah Nutcutlet you are coming to my rescue again!  

Hazel! Well I was totally wrong...thanks for the correction.

Bracken - that makes sense...shame though as it doesn't sound exciting enough for such a gorgeous plant...

It's my hand holding the leaf (hand span is around 15cm) ...

Thanks again!  I'm typing up notes for the school as we speak....




Just read up on bracken...won't be introducing it into other areas of the school garden...but didn't realise it can be used for mulch/ not all bad then.

That last one looks like some sort of maple


flowering rose

Bracken,Hazel are what I have in my garden the last I am not sure.


I think the last is some sort of maple but the leaves look rather large for field maple and the wrong shape for sycamore or Norway maple.

What did you think the hazel was Stipa? I can't see the bark, twigs or developing nuts so could be wrong.

The Maple leaves look like photos of Acer italicum, a tree I have never actually seen


Bracken around here is becoming an absolute pest.  Its carcinogenic, I believe, and its destroying the wild flowers along the lanes. There are great chunks of it and no flowers at all

It killed large chunks of our conifer hedge, not that I wanted it anyway, but I hate the plant.


I think the maple is field maple, Acer campestre. It seems the most likely. A rare one is unlikely and it's not sycamore or Norway m

The hazel is right, theres tons of em round here
Woodgreen wonderboy

I think you should destroy the bracken, especially with little ones about. You could dig it up if it is a small area, or keep it cut to ground level to weaken it to death eventually. During the school hold. a good dose of a strong weedkiller would be my best bet.

They aren't allowed to use chemicals in school gardens, just slave labour. 

I don't think it's field maple, I have that in my hedge and the leaves are much smaller. Maple leaves usually have a small point at the end of each fingery bit (technical term there) if you look closely.  I actually think it looks like some sort of fig, probably totally wrong but that was my initial thought.


Woodgreen wonderboy

Agreed, Mrs. G., that is definitely not a field maple, well not a bog standard one anyway. Arguably not a wildlife garden type plant at all? Surely unless a wildlife garden is restricted to British wildlife plants and flowers the real value of the learning is lost?



Mrs G fig was my first thought as well but I discarded it as an unlikely plant in a school wildlife garden. A few more photos of that one would be good Stipa

Ah but schools will accept whatever freebies you give them.  I planted a fig in the last school I taught at because I had one spare and I thought the birds could eat the fruit. New fig growth is fairly brittle, can you snap a bit off easily?  Maples tend to be more flexible.  Fig leaves are also much thicker and fleshier than maple.


Yes, I don't suppose much gets turned down unless it's poisonous



Good post Mike, I live on the edge of Dartmoor where they used to burn it off, because it kills everything, and I think its poisonous to sheep, havent seen it done for a few years now, dont think they are allowed, but it definitely killed off chunks of our conifer, it s not the same as the ferns and the spores can cause cancer, I wouldnt have it around children when it releases them. 

Woodgreen wonderboy

I live in the New Forest and I believe it looks pretty much like the bracken we have here in abundance. If we are not absolutely sure my vote would be not to take any risks and have it removed. If in doubt whip it out.......