|Our volunteers hard at work|
While out picking ragwort last week, Ron (warden) found two slightly unusual plants growing in a field margin - Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) and Thorn Apple (Datura stramonium). Henbane is extremely toxic and even smelling the flowers can apparently cause giddiness. It is also hallucinogenic. It was extract of henbane that 'Dr' Crippen used to kill his wife in 1910. Thorn apple (also known as Devil's weed) is also hallucinogenic and poisonous, with non-deadly side effects including amnesia and delirium. Ron took the following pictures for me but wisely didn't get too close!