I’ve led a few herb walks recently and have had a lovely time meeting new people along the way. Today I ran my first herb walk in Diemerpark. It’s such an interesting location. Until just a few years ago the sunny open site was a rubbish dump for toxic waste. The council had the site cleaned up, sealed up, buried and filtered to create a new area of recreation and nature. The result is a large open park between Ijburg and Diemen which at present is exploding with colourful wildflowers and buzzing bees.
Diemerpark is very sandy and exposed. It is being populated by robust pioneer plants and is a great place to teach locals about plant ID and foraging because of its history.
Today we found a lot of plants and focused particularly on Viper’s Bugloss, Mullein, St John’s Wort, Hawthorn, Mugwort, Singing nettle, Self heal, Willow and Elder.
I’m planning to lead another walk at the site this summer. If you are interested then please let me know and keep an eye on my events page.