The first Ransoms are coming into flower. Most plants have lots of buds, however a few individual plants at the entrance to Harridge wood west are now in flower.
Individual Ransom plants have flowering spikes
Star like flowers
These Ransoms at the entrance to Harridge Wood West are flowering today
Looking forward to the flowering en-mass in the coming weeks.
Just above the eastern corner of the Large Deer Enclosure in Harridge Woods West is a former Quartzite quarry. This dates to the 1800’s or earlier, as it is shown on the 1903 OS map. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, number 25769.
its easy to see how it was dug out horizontally about 10m deep into the hillside, with the spoil pulled out, perhaps on a horizontal track, to form a flat spoil heap just behind.
The flat top of the spoil heap below the quarry
Side of the quarry covered in Ramsons
View up the quarry clearly showing its simple V shape
End of the Quarry with dramatic tree growth