New weed book published

Wonderful Weeds is a new book that aims to give guidance on British weed identification.

The publisher is Papadakis and price is £25.

Author Harley says weedy wild flowers have been around for centuries, but have probably never been viewed so unsympathetically as now, when we rarely have a use for them beyond compost or green manure.

She adds that old farming practices and post-war agricultural policies have driven some of our wild flowers almost to extinction, including the symbolic red poppy, which would have been obliterated by agro-chemicals long ago were it not for the enormous longevity of the poppy seed. Today, it is especially important that we remain conscious of the impacts of insensitive land management on natural ecosystems, and take steps to prevent further damage.

Wonderful Weeds aims to give a comprehensive record of widespread British weeds since the early 20th century, covering 200 British weedy species, such as the Corn Marigold or Rosebay Willowherb. 

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