The ghost of the mill stands in the shadows. With only the trees roots and the river knowing it is there. For it still has a hold over the course of their directions. This manmade construction is now bricks without mortar. A ghost that haunts the coots and moorhen, which once was powered by the river as it clattered and shook into the night. Men may pass it by, but the trees and the river will never forget. The Ghost Of The Old Mill by Paula R C Readman: 15th July 2021
On Tuesday we headed to the site of the old West Mill. It took us 168 minutes over five and half miles (8.851 Kilometres) to complete the walk. We went via the gravel pit, following the path to the bluebell wood. Along the way there was plenty to see.
Himalayan Balsam: Jumping Jack or Policeman’s Helmet was introduced into the country in 1839 and grown in greenhouses before it escaped into the wild. As beautiful as this flower maybe it isn’t a naïve plant to Britain and is considered a problem weed. The problem is due to its size, growth rate and ability to thrive even in low light conditions. It often overshadows other plants, starving them of light and eventually completely outgrowing them. Himalayan Balsam spreads rapidly due to the huge amount of seeds it produces. The fruit capsules when ripe or prodded explode spreading them over a wide area (up to seven metres).
Restharrow: This plant used to be a common weed, but now is difficult to locate. A member of the pea family this one is a woody perennial with a tough stem. Its name comes from the fact it could stop a horse-drawn plough in its tracks because of its roots system.
Cinquefoil: This plant’s name derive its name from the French words meaning five leaves.
Agrimony: The plant was once believed to be associated with magic as it was known as fairy’s wand or fairy’s rod in the south-western England. It was once used for dying wool as it produces a strong yellow dye.
Ribbed Melilot: this plant was introduced into Britain in the 16th century from the Continent by herbalists for making poultices.
Caper Spurge: This is a plants poisonous, milky-white juice contained in the stems and leaves. The seeds contain an unusual proportion of oil (50% by weight) and has been suggested it could be used as a possible bio-fuel crop. Trials have already begun with some success in Germany, the US and here in the UK.
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