Flower Power

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Sweet chestnut
Crack willow
Common hogweed
Knapweed
Purple loosestrife
Dogwood
Marsh woundwort
Scots pine
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Flower Power!

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Hogweed, dogwood, knapweed and willow grow wild and free at Chew Valley Lake… so let’s go plant-spotting!

Please help protect the wildlife by staying to the marked paths and designated viewing areas.

To discover what else you can see and do at the lake, please visit our website

Common hogweed

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The native hogweed is a member of the carrot family. Beetles, wasps and flies love it.

Crack willow

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Found along riverbanks and lakes, the branches are brittle and make a loud “crack” when snapped – hence the name.

Dogwood

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Dogweed comes to life in winter, gifting us with bright crimson-coloured branches.

Knapweed

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Found on our Grebe nature trail, this thistle-like flower provides nectar for pollinating insects and seeds for birds.

Marsh woundwort

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Traditionally used to stop bleeding and is an antiseptic. Bumblebees love it.

Purple loosestrife

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The impressive spikes of pink-purple flowers are beloved of brimstone butterflies and red-tailed bumblebees.

Scots pine

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You can make rope from the bark, tar from the roots and dye from the cones – how useful!

Sweet chestnut

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Introduced to the UK by the Romans, who ate the shiny red-brown fruits as porridge before going into battle.

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Flower Power!

Hogweed, dogwood, knapweed and willow grow wild and free at Chew Valley Lake… so let’s go plant-spotting!

Please help protect the wildlife by staying to the marked paths and designated viewing areas.

To discover what else you can see and do at the lake, please visit our website