365 day 102 Sarphatipark

Thanks to the watertolerant group who joined me to herb walk in Sarphatipark today. We found lots of useful herbs and also interesting park workers who told us how the park is maintained by a dynamic group of volunteers and is trying innovative edible approaches to eradicate Japanese knotweed. Above is a park warden, pictured by the enormous Jerusalem artichokes which are being used to keep knotweed at bay. When the invasive plant is removed, the ground can quickly turn into a home for other unwelcome invaders or can see the return of knotweed. Using Jerusalem artichoke, another rapidly growing and spreading plant, can provide tasty tubers and quash the knotweed. So far so good!

I was also reassured to learn that the Ginkgo trees I’m so fond of in parts of Our Zuid are indeed female and yield plentiful Ginkgo nuts. Amsterdam is fortunate to have such edible plant loving folk in its green spaces team.


The plants I remember finding today are listed as tags to this entry. The spreading soft leaved plant which looked quite like Agrimony but wasn’t, was indeed a cinqefoil, called Silverweed previously called (Potentilla anserina) but now reclassified as Argentina anserina . It is shown above and it is edible. If you were on the walk and can remember other plants which I have missed from the tag list then please let me know.

Thanks again to everyone who joined me. It was a real pleasure to walk around with you. If you signed up but were not brave enough for the wet weather, remember there are always trees to shelter under next time 🙂

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2 Comments

  1. Hello Lynn,

    It was such a nice surprise for me to have you in the Sarphatipark, pity though that I had to leave for another appointment, but at the end of your walk I could meet up.
    I’am pleased for the help a get in the park and very plaesed that a part of maintenance in the park is taken over by the citisens of the Pijp!

    With thanks!!
    Nicole de Rop
    Gardener-Warden of the Sarphatipark.

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    1. Hello Nicole,
      Great to hear from you! We all really enjoyed meeting you and hearing about your work and about the Knotweed / Artichoke project you are doing there. Would be great to meet up again and find out more, also about the things the council already do in Amsterdam, with herbs and edibles etc. My direct email address is Lynn.shore@gmail.com. We are going as a small group to harvest some of those Gingko nuts from Oud Zuid trees in the autumn 🙂
      Best wishes,
      Lynn

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