The following is an email from Richard, Harrold Country Park, we are very proud ogf the children and how wel they behaved on the trip and it's a real priviledge for the children to have discovered a new species of plant at the park;
Dear All at Newton Blossomville School,
First of all please may I say “Thank you to those who came for being such a lovely school.
This is a letter about how ordinary people in ordinary circumstances can do some extraordinary things. It is also about how these same people can push scientific discoveries. How school science is also real science done in the real world.
Some of you will remember that when looking for the different colours for “Natures’ Pallette” Oscar and Amelia found something they could not identify and thought quite interesting. They brought a bit of it to me and I got quite excited and took them off to show me where it grew.
We found it growing under trees and I took a botanical sample. We then looked it up in the book we had in the park and I have now identified using a key.
I can tell you it is what we thought – A Male Fern, (Dryopteris filix-mas).
This fern shows that what Janet, I and the volunteers are getting things right here if plants like this can now grow here.
This fern is known to grow in this area but this is the first time it has been recorded growing in the park. I am also sending you the first official photograph that will also go in the records. It does not look very “ferny” but it clearly has had a hard life!
So this is a scientific discovery. Well done to you all!
Richard B. Dowsett,
Country Park Guardian,
Harrold-Odell Country Park,
Tel 01234 720016
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