Wild Flowers


High Tor, February 2016

The area around Matlock has rich and varied flora. Join this group if you would like to discover more about our local wild flowers.

You will be welcome at our monthly walks and don’t need to be an expert in finding and identifying wildflowers as members share their knowledge and expertise and learn together along the way.

The group meets on the third Thursday of each month from March to October, 9:30 to 11:30am, for a short walk in the Derbyshire countryside.

The walks are typically no more than 1.5 miles on smooth trails or good paths with no stiles and usually not steep – we will warn you in advance if there are any steep sections.


High Tor, February 2016


High Tor, February 2016


Fungi on the Longshaw Estate

The groups’ coordinators are Judith Holt, who can be contacted by email ,Rick Osborn – telephone 07555527657 and Karen Hale – telephone 01629 259763

If a planned walk has to be cancelled, the coordinator will send out an email by 9:30pm on the evening preceding the walk date. Please remember to check your email if you are in doubt about the weather.

What we found on our walks last year

All images courtesy of Julie Dumelow

19th MarchLea Woods and High Peak Trail or Cromford CanalWild daffodils
16th AprilRose End Meadow, Cromford
21st MayGang Mine, WirksworthFelliferous flowers
18th JuneAlport
16th JulyHoe Grange Quarry
20th AugustHartington Meadows and Tissington Trail
17th SeptemberHigh Tor, Starkholmes
15th OctoberBlack Rocks, WirksworthFungi

For welcome assurance that the brighter days of spring are on their way, look no further than snowdrops They are a cheerful sight in the garden, flowering when little else will, marking the height of winter and that the beginning of spring is not far behind.
Galanthus translates to the Greek word for “milk,” while nivalis means “snow-like.” Given the snowy and almost milky appearance of the plant, that translation makes a lot of sense
The first known cultivation of this plant in England was in 1597 and was first recorded in the wild in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire in 1778.”
Over 2,000 garden varieties have been named – with more new cultivars named during the late winter months each year.
Avid collectors of snowdrops are known as galanthophiles. These collectors can spend hundreds of pounds on a single rare bulb. The highest amount paid for a named snowdrop variety was £1,390 for a variety called ‘golden fleece’. Even more was paid for the right to name a new variety.
In the Language of Flowers snowdrops symbolise chastity, consolation, death, friendship in adversity, hope and purity.

Snowdrop walks this year include Hopton Hall, Wirksworth; Calke Abbey (Ticknall) to Dimminsdale,; and other Snowdrop gardens in Derbyshire can be found at https://ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/snowdrop-gardens/