This glorious swathe of Anthriscus sylvestris represents a change in the approach to the way British parks are maintained. There was a time when every blade of grass would have been trimmed to a uniform height. Today there is a greater awareness of the needs of invertebrates, reptiles and small mammals so provision is now made for them by allowing them to thrive in corners like this one. At the moment this plant is in flower in almost every wild corner in Greenford. I have always known it as “cow parsley” and “Queen Anne’s lace” but I am delighted to learn that, in Warwickshire, it is known as “naughty man’s oatmeal”. This and many other names for the same plant can be found on this page at “The Online Encyclopaedia, The Umbelliferae (carrot/parsley) Family of the British Isles”.
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