What is a weed?

The RHS defines a weed as a ‘wild plant in the wrong place’. So why is it that so many of us see wild plants in the right place and think of it as a negative?

We must learn to cherish our native wildflowers and appreciate what they have to offer. After all, they have evolved alongside our insects for thousands of years. They are the best flowers for our insect population, which we are now learning is crucial to our bio-diversity.

The dandelion is a classic example of a ‘weed’ which is actually a fantastic plant. It’s great for the soil. It’s also edible and has medicinal uses. You can see below some of our native wildflowers growing at Combe Grove. Read the descriptions to find out!