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Thursday, 6 November 2008

Wed 05th Nov 2008 - Ventnor Botanical Gardens.

The venue for the Green Gym this week was Ventnor Botanic Garden and the task - one of the things we do best - slash and burn, working in the Coastal Flower Meadow where we did some work a few months ago. Although the field has been cleared with the tractor, there was still an area that required bramble and tree removal and we had two bonfires going at the same time. Apparently they have tried to cultivate wild flowers here without much success, so the intention is to plant hops! Perhaps we will have a new beer known as “Green Gym Brew”. Another excellent turnout, with an amazing amount of clearance done in a couple of hours.
Many thanks to Carrie and Eddie for the photographs and text.

Carrie's Nature Lesson.

This week the GG Team were very observent and spotted the fungi pictured below.

“Trametes Gibbosa, also known as Lumpy bracket, is semicircular with a hump found singly or in groups. It is smooth and greyish white, sometimes coloured green due to algae growth. Its habitat is on dead deciduous trees, especially beech, is found all year round and not edible.

Ganoderma Applanatum, common name Artists Bracket is hard and corky with a knobby upper surface, and not edible. It is often pallid, grey brown, umber or cocoa coloured, and causes intensive white rot on dead trees.

Trametes Versicolor, sometimes known as Turkey Tail, is one of the most common types of bracket fungi, and so called due to the banding pattern on the fruiting bodies which looks like a turkey’s tail. It is generally dark to light brown sometimes with coloured bands of orange and maroon, and can be strikingly beautiful, also not edible.

Tremella Mesenterica known also as Witches Butter or Yellow Brain Fungus. The colours are from yellow to orange, and it starts as small jelly-like nodules which expand into a multi-folded brain shaped mass - it is poisonous”.

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