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Walking along the canal in Burnley, with Canal and River Trust officer, Emma, and wildflower guru Russel (in whom we trust!), we came across more than 60 different species of wildflower!

Amazing! Not just because of so many different species but also because of the names these plants had found for themselves:
Butterbur (it used to be used for wrapping butter in)
Knitbone (no not “Nit bone” for getting rid of those pesky blighters! but a plant that was once used as a poultice to help bones to heal).
Eyebright (a white flower once used for keeping the whites of your eyes white)
Yellow rattle (because it rattles and is yellow! – i.e. it has seeds and flowers at the same time)
Ragged robin (because its pink flowers all look ragged and torn)
Arrowhead (It could be a heavy metal band and is just as amazing because its leaves look like arrows)
Flowering rush (It does what it says on the tin and has the wow factor of big spectacular flowers).

I can feel a canal poem coming on …. just like the wonderful Ian McMillan. Go to this link for a great chance to hear it and read along at the same time (just like our “Get Into Reading” groups).

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