Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #8 Heartsease or Wild Pansy

Up in the “Scrub Field” where Anglian Water excavated their leaking watermain pipe, and helpfully removed an area of invasive blackthorn, many herbaceous plants are now able to appear in the freshly exposed limestone (visible in the top left-hand of the photo below). One beautiful new flower is the wild pansy, often a plant of cultivation. Since it is believed that these fields were actually cultivated at various times from the middle ages when population pressures increased, this is particularly appropriate. These fields were Ancient Enclosures, that is they were cut out of the woodland at an early date, certainly several hundred years ago, and this is thought to account for the odd field shapes.

Viola tricolor

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