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Friends of Tiddenfoot Waterside Park



The northern part of the site consists of an area of rare acid grassland, dominated by cocksfoot and timothy with large areas containing birdfoot trefoil and rest harrow. Species present include sorrel, squirreltail fescue, haresfoot clover, birdsfoot trefoil, pignut, restharrow, cats ear, black knapweed, Saint John’s wort and lady’s bedstraw. Gorse and broom, typical of acid conditions, are common.

The remainder of the site is made up of less species-rich neutral grassland, with planted oaks, hazel and birch, with some patches of bramble and dog rose. The mixture of grassland and scrub provides an excellent habitat mosaic for many wildflowers, birds and insects.

The Friends are very grateful to Browns Agricultural Machinery Ltd, who have provided grass-cutting equipment for the upkeep of the park for many years.

The trees growing in lines on the canal bank are poplars, planted by the company running the quarry in the 1960s to screen the works and supply matchsticks; but the trees were never felled.

A view over the lake from the western side showing a variety of natural growth

Click here for photos of a selection of the trees, shrubs and plants at Tiddenfoot.


Keeping things under control: our volunteer work party in November 2011 cut back four hazel bushes that had become overgrown and made baskets out of the branches to protect the stumps from inquisitive animals as new growth begins.


Part of the "Poplar Walk"

Hedgeplanting 17 Feb

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