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Meet and Make at the Polar Museum

Join us for our new wellbeing and making workshops for adults at the Polar Museum! Meet and Make at the Museum sessions are all about giving you a supportive and social space to be creative.

ONLINE COURSE Chequers, oxlips, elms and earthworks: the wildflower riches and history of the boulder-clay woods

Tue 23 November 2021


One might think of our ancient woods as remnants of the original wildwood, but this would be a mistake. Although they may indeed be descended indirectly from the original forest cover, they have been shaped by centuries of management that was vital because these woods were a key resource for local people. Boulder-clay woodlands in our region have been especially closely studied and this course will explore how past and present management has created distinctive plant communities with plant species that are often otherwise rare in eastern England, including some that are specialities of our region. The boulder-clay woods of Cambridgeshire and its region are justifiably famous and have played a central role in linking history and ecology.

Working for 40 years as a plant ecologist, mostly at Monks Wood, Owen’s research focused on transport routes, on wetlands and on combining productive agriculture with effective conservation. Now retired, he divides his time between researching and writing about the Fenland and working on conservation projects in his other home of Romania.

Please note this is an online course. No specialist software is required to participate, but a device with a microphone and webcam will be needed. Full joining instructions will be emailed a few days before the date of the course.

This is a live interactive course, and will not be made available as a recording to watch at a later date.

Cost: £25

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Please note that booking is required for this event.



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Tue 23 November 2021 10:00AM - 1:00PM


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