Rivington Gardens Survey

Many Lancashire Wildlife Trust Volunteers would, like me, have received notice of a survey to be carried out at the Japanese Gardens  on the old estate of soap tycoon Lord Leverhulme.  William Hesketh Lever was a Bolton grocer who developed soap products in the cellar of his shop and went on to today's mighty detergent and chemicals empire Unilver.
The terraced gardens on the hillside at Rivington were designed by the landscape architect T. H. Mawson from the Lakeland Nursery in Wndermere in 1905.
Six volunteers from around the county took up the invitation to join the Groundwork project to restore the gardens; we were welcome by Project Manager Ben Williams before we set off into the gardens with Trust Senior  Conservation Officer John Lamb.

Well over a hundred species were identified and recorded during the day and, very importantly the group were able to learn a huge amount from John's expertise. It is vital that more people develop an understanding of the importance of of our native flora; and learning to identify the various species that most people pass by without a second glance leads to that understanding.
Trees, shrubs, grasses and flowering plants were the focus of the day but it became obvious that mosses, lichens and fungi were present in abundance and will merit some serious study in the near future.

Further surveys are to be carried out during September and Trust members can find out more by contacting Volunteer Coordinator Catherine Haddon at the Trust 
Photographs clockwise: Identifying aquatic species, Keying our ferns, examining species growing between paving stone, three fern frond: Lady Fern, Broad Buckler Fern, Male Fern.

The site of Rivington's Terraced Gardens seem to be an obvious site for a future field trip for the Botany Group. Let me have your views via the Contact Page.