Thanks to all who came along to the Talk and AGM on Friday evening … and particularly to Keith Jordan from Abbey Action for his inspiring talk on ‘Hops, Hazel and History’ … some wonderful snippits of informationglorious to find out the history of Hoary Cress … apparently the plant came over to England during and after the first world war; soldiers were carried back from the battlefields on mattresses stuffed with straw and in amongst the straw was Hoary Cress. These mattresses were ploughed back in by the farmers when their patient was safely delivered – and hence the arrival on the common of Hoary Cress.
New members also joined FoSC (£2 per annum) and we discussed the issue of anti social behaviour on the common and also the possibility of having memorial benches on the common.
Saturday morning dawned slightly soggy but that didn’t stop a brave band of ‘litter pickers’ from heading out to pick up all sorts of rubbish from the farthest corners of the common – again huge fun and very worth while. Good also to raise awareness of the Friends of Stourbridge Common – and welcome to all our new members.