Lichfield & Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust

Those of the regular walkers through the Borrowcop Locks Canal Park (BLCP),on the A51, Tamworth Road length, down to the A38 have been treated recently to views to delight the eye.  The snowdrops planted over many years by the Trust’s “Green Team” have given us a spectacular show this year with drifts of white charming the path-side hedgerow under-planting.

The photos taken by Paul Marshall give examples of the show. All too soon the white will melt away like winter’s snow, leaving tiny pods of green that will burst and spread the seed, reliably ensuring that years to come will repeat this simple pleasure. But do not be sad at this passing, because soon the woodland miniature daffodils will be seen in Farrant’s Coppice by the A38 flyover.

And it hasn’t finished yet: Next will come the miniature woodland Tulips, with Aconites and Primulas.  Then, followed by garden Daffodils winding up the spring time performance that will assist to distract the eye while climbing up to the A38 fly-over.

During the summer, escapees from local gardens will appear at random along the path (Hardly natural wild-flowers, but attractive none-the–less). and in the Autumn, odd clumps of the unfortunately named ‘Stinking’ Iris will show the bright orange of its ‘fruit’.

Always a year long pleasure, do come next year and see for yourselves. The “Yellow Brick Road” laid by Trust Engineers have made the towpath a safe and a comfortably gentle walk, with bus stops conveniently placed at each end and at  the mid-way point.

Photos by Paul Marshall

Galanthus Gatherings

Environment Matters   2015  Issue 3