Wildflowers in Redbridge Lane West Allotments

One of Wanstead Wildlife's aims is to present a record of the area's wildlife. We often think of wildlife as being out there "in the country" or (perhaps, increasingly, in a nature reserve somewhere), but it is everywhere, including our gardens, our streets and indeed in our allotments.

Roger Snook and David Wright are local wildlife photographers, and have some stunning close-up photographs of wildlife in and around East London, and further afield. They also have an allotment in Redbridge Lane West - which I deem to be within Wanstead Wildlife's catchment area - and Roger spent a few days in mid-August 2014 finding and photographing wildflowers - or at least flowers that have occured spontaneously in the allotment grounds. The photographic results of these few days in August can be seen on a page in their 'East London Nature' website - and is available by clicking here.

Below is a list of the plants they found.

Paul Ferris, 29th April 2016

Stace - 2nd ed.SpeciesName
 88 Ranunculus repens  Creeping Buttercup
Papaver rhoeas
Common Poppy
Urtica dioica
139 Chenopodium polyspermum  Many-seeded Goosefoot
139 Chenopodium ficifolium Fig-leaved Goosefoot
Chenopodium album
Fat Hen
144 Atriplex prostrata Spear-leaved Orache
162 Stellaria media Common Chickweed
174 Agrostemma githago Corncockle
Silene latifolia
White Campion
Polygonum aviculare
187 Fallopia convolvulus Black Bindweed
Hypericum perforatum
Perforate St. John's Wort
Malva sylvestris
250 Sisymbrium officinale Hedge Mustard
255 Barbarea vulgaris Winter Cress
Cardamine flexuosa
Wavy Bitter Cress
267 Capsella bursa-pastoris Shepherd's Purse
273 Coronopus didymus Lesser Swine Cress
296 Primula vukgaris Primrose
Anagallis arvensis
Scarlet Pimpernel
Rubus sect. Glandulosus
Potentilla reptans
Creeping Cinquefoil
Crataegus monogyna
411 Vicia sp. Spring Vetch
Medicago lupulina
Black Medick
425 Trifolium repens White Clover
Trifolium pratense
Red Clover
440 Lythrum salicaria Purple Loosestriife
450 Oenothera sp. Evening Primrose
458 Mercurialis annua Annual Mercury
461 Euphorbia helioscopia Sun Spurge
482 Geranium robertianum  Herb Robert
531 Solanum nigrum Black Nightshade
Calystegia silvatica
Great Bindweed
535 Calystegia sepium Hedge Bindweed
538 Nymphoides peltata Fringed Water-lily
545 Symphytum x uplandicum Russian Comfrey
548 Borago officinalis Borage
551 Myosotis arvensis Field Forget-me-not
Lamium album
White Dead-nettle
562 Lamium purpureum Red Dead-nettle
574 Mentha aquatica Water Mint
Plantago lanceolata
Ribwort Plantain
605 Veronica persica Field Speedwell
656 Lonicera periclymenum Honeysuckle
657 Valerianella locusta Common Cornsalad
Dipsacus fullonum
Cirsium vulgare
Spear Thistle
Cirsium arvense
Creeping Thistle
Centaurea cyanus
686 Lapsana communis Nipplewort
688 Picris echioides Bristly Ox-tongue
Lactuca serriola
Prickly Lettuce
690 Sonchus asper Prickly Sow Thistle
Taraxacum sect. Ruderalia
728 Tanacetum parthenium Feverfew
Artemisia vulgare
Achillea millefolium
735 Chrysanthemum segetum Corn Marigold
Tripleurospermum inodorum
Scentless Mayweed
736 Matricaria recutita Scented Mayweed
Senecio vulgaris
740 Senecio jacobaea Common Ragwort
758 Butomus umbellatus Flowering Rush
778 Arum maculatum Cuckoo Pint
815 Carex (lasiocarpa?)
Slender Tufted Sedge


The Green Man roundabout and underpass

The Green Man roundabout is a major road interchange between local routes in the Leytonstone/Wanstead area and the A12 trunk road.

In relation to other wildlife areas covered by Wanstead Wildlife, it lies between Bush Wood, which is to the south and east, and Leyton Flats to the north-west. When the roundabout was created in its present form to access the new A12 link road between Blackwall Tunnel and the Redbridge roundabout, care was taken to provide easy access for pedestrians, cyclists and horse-riders between those parts of Epping Forest to which the road system would otherwise have proved to be a major obstacle. As such, a high and wide series of underpasses and pedestrian, cycle and horse paths were provided, together with landscaping either side of the roundabout and within the central section.

The landscaping was carried out appropriately for what effectively is part of Epping Forest and was seeded in 1999. A meadow-like environment was created which really is a flowery and attractive place for people and creatures alike.

The list of plants below was mostly collected subsequent to a survey undertaken by myself and Kathy Hartnett on 13th June 2012. Some of the plants were actually found on part of Bush Wood North, insofar as the recording areas in "Wanstead Wildlife" is concerned, but very close to the roundabout and its approach paths. On an area of disturbed ground very close to the pavement of particular interest was a small, low plant with tiny pink-ish flowers hardly opened, and fleshy, succulent leaves. After a bit of investigation I interpreted it as Greater Sea-spurrey Spergularia media (pic), probably making use of the salt that is used on icy roads to emulate its more usual sea-side habitat this far inland.

So as to distinguish between Bush Wood North and the underpass system of the roundabout, it was decided to use the surfaced cycle and pedestrian path that crosses from near the pedestrian crossing on Bush Road and continues towards Wanstead parallel to the link road which the roundabout serves, as the boundary. Similarly, at the northern end of the underpass system, the surfaced track there serves to readily distinguish between the underpass system and Leyton Flats. Between these, the system can be conveniently divided into three sections: the Green Man section adjacent to Bush Wood (North), the Central Section which is that section which forms the centre of the roundabout (although at a lower level than the roads) and the Leyton Flats area, which of course is adjacent to Leyton Flats. In the list that follows, the plants that have been found in each section are mentioned.

The higher-level road-system part of the roundabout does have grass-and vegetation edges, but is busy and not conducive to pedestrian investigation. However, a readily observable planting of Chusan Palm trees Trachycarpus fortunei may be seen - part of a pre-Olympic tidy-up. Weird and totally out of place here, although they are the only species of palm that is hardy throughout the British Isles. I still wonder how long they will last?

On a return visit on 15th June perhaps the nicest new find were two stems of Bee Orchid (pic), growing right near to the Green Man roundabout underpass on the Bush Wood section. On the approach path to the central part of the underpass system - near theTesco's approach road and right by the brickwork of the underpass - were a few plants of Woad Isatis tinctoria (pic), not before recorded in this area. In the section of the underpass nearest Leyton Flats, two flowers of Corncockle were found (pic).


Scientific Name
Common Name
088 Ranunculus acris Meadow Buttercup *    
102 Papaver somniferum Opium Poppy *    
103 Papaver rhoeas Common Poppy *    
111 Platanus x hybrida
London Plane *    
117 Urtica dioica Stinging Nettle     *
124 Betula pendula Silver Birch   *  
159 Arenaria sepyllifolia Thyme-leaved Sandwort   *  
162 Stellaria media Common Chickweed *    
173 Spergularia media Greater Sea-spurrey *    
173 Lychnis coronaria Rose Campion   *  
174 Agrostemma githago Corncockle     *
176 Silene latifolia White Campion     *
177 Silene dioica Red Campion *    
194 Rumex crispus
Curled Dock *    
207 Hypericum perforatum Perforate St. John's Wort   *  
212 Malva moschata Musk Mallow   *  
212 Malva sylvestris Common Mallow * * *
226 Populus alba White Poplar   *  
250 Sisymbrium officinale Hedge Mustard *    
252 Isatis tinctoria Woad   * near Tesco's approach  
258 Armoracia rusticana Horse Radish   *  
274 Diplotaxis muralis Annual Wall Rocket   *  
275 Brassica sp. Brassica *    
281 Reseda luteola Weld *    
335 Rubus fruticosus agg. Bramble   * *
344 Potentilla reptans Creeping Cinquefoil *   *
361 Rosa canina Dog Rose *    
406 Lotus corniculatus Birdsfoot-trefoil * *  
411 Vicia cracca Tufted Vetch * * *
412 Vicia sativa Common Vetch   * *
415 Lathyrus latifolius Broad-leaved Everlasting Pea     *
417 Melilotus sp. Tall Melilot * *  
417 Melilotus albus White Melilot *    
420 Medicago lupulina Black Medick * *  
421 Medicago sativa Lucerne      
423 Medicago arabica Spotted Medick *    
425 Trifolium repens White Clover * * *
427 Trifolium campestre Hop Trefoil *    
427 Trifolium pratense Red Clover *    
436 Ulex europaeus Gorse *   *
461 Euphorbia peplus Petty Spurge *    
462 Euphorbia cyparissias Cypress Spurge   *  
472 Choisya ternata Mexican Orange      
480 Geranium dissectum Cut-leaved Cranesbill * * *
482 Geranium pyrenaicum
Hedgerow Cranesbill *    
482 Geranium molle Dove's-foot Cranesbill   *  
482 Geranium robertianum Herb Robert *   *
490 Hedera helix Ivy *   *
501 Anthriscus sylvestris Cow Parsley     *
507 Conium maculatum Hemlock * * *
518 Daucus carota Wild Carrot *   *
531 Solanum dulcamara Bittersweet     *
534 Convolvulus arvensis Field Bindweed      
545 Symphytum x uplandicum
Russian Comfrey     *
548 Pentaglottis sempervirens Green Alkanet *    
559 Ballota nigra Black Horehound      
583 Coronopus didymus
Lesser Swinecress *    
583 Plantago major Great Plantain     *
583 Plantago coronopus Buck's-horn Plantain *    
584 Plantago media Hoary Plantain   *  
584 Plantago lanceolata Ribwort Plantain * * *
596 Antirrhinum majus Snapdragon      
604 Veronica arvensis Wall Speedwell *    
605 Veronica persica Common Field Speedwell *    
647 Galium verum Lady's Bedstraw   * *
660 Dipsacus sp. Teasel      
662 Knautia arvensis Field Scabious   *  
673 Arctium sp. Burdock     *
676 Cirsium vulgare Spear Thistle * *  
678 Cirsium arvense Creeping Thistle *   *
681 Centaurea scabiosa Greater Knapweed   * *
683 Centaurea nigra Black Knapweed * *  
684 Cichorium intybus Chicory   *  
684 Lapsana communis Nipplewort * * *
688 Picris echioides Bristly Ox-tongue *    
688 Tragopogon pratensis Goat's-beard *    
689 Sonchus arvensis Perennial Sow-thistle *    
690 Sonchus oleraceus Smooth Sow-thistle *    
690 Lactuca serriola Prickly Lettuce     *
698 Taraxacum. sect. Ruderalis Dandelion   *  
728 Tanacetum parthenium Feverfew      
729 Artemisia vulgaris Mugwort * * *
732 Achillea millefolium Yarrow * * *
735 Leucanthemum vulgare (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) Oxeye Daisy * * *
736 Tripleurospermum maritimum Scentless Mayweed *    
736 Matricaria recutita Scented Mayweed *    
740 Senecio jacobaea Common Ragwort   * *
740 Senecio squalidus Oxford Ragwort   * *
747 Calendula officinalis
Garden Marigold *    
776 Trachycarpus fortunei Chusan Palm     * planted by road-side
852 Lolium perenne Perennial Rye-grass *    
854 Cynosurus cristatus Crested Dog's-tail *    
858 Poa annua Annual Meadow Grass *    
859 Dactylis glomerata Cock's-foot * *  
868 Holcus lanatus Yorkshire Fog *   *
888 Anisantha sterilis Barren Brome      
895 Hordeum muralis
Wall Barley * * *
982 Ophrys apifera Bee Orchid *    

Contents - Places

Clicking on the numbered index will generally take you to an overview or reference to that entry. For specific items - such as photographs, maps, lists or overviews of species to be found - click on the associated reference.

1 Alders Brook, the   Plants (list)        
2 Aldersbrook Bridle Path            
3 Aldersbrook Estate Photos          
4 Aldersbrook Exchange Land   (The old Sewage Works Site)            
5 Aldersbrook Manor and Farm Diagram of Excavations          
6 Aldersbrook Wood   Plants (list)        
7 Alexandra Lake Photos   Drainage System (Photos)      
8 Angell's Pond Photos          
9 Birch Well Photos          
10 Bridle Path, the    (see Aldersbrook Bridle Path)            
11 Bulrush Pond            
12 Bund, the            
13 Bush Wood Photos Plants (list) Plants (overview      
14 Chalet, the Photo          
15 Chalet Wood            
16 City of London Cemetery Photos Plants (list) History and Flora Map Old Plan of the Cemetery Fungi (list)
17 Dames Road Pond   (see Jubilee Pond)            
18 Dell, the.... Photos          
19 Eagle Pond Photos          
20 Epping Forest            
21 Exchange Lands, the   (see Sewage Works Site)            
22 Friends Meeting House Grounds Photos Plants (list)        
23 Frying Pan Pond            
24 Gilbert's Slade Map Plants (list) Plants (overview)      
25 Glade, the            
26 Green Man roundabout/underpass   Plants (list)        
27 Grotto, the Photos          
28 Grove, the            
29 Heronry Pond Photos          
30 Hollow Ponds            
31 House Field Pond    (see Shoulder of Mutton Pond)            
32 Jubilee Pond Photos   History The Lakehouse Lake Project Wildlife  
33 Lake House Photos          
34 Lake System - Wanstead Park........for details of the Lake System of Wanstead Park, see FOWP website            
35 Leyton Flats Map Plants (list) Plants (overview) Other Features River Holt  
36 Little Ilford Park   Plants (list)        
37 Manor Park Cemetery   Plants (list) Birds (list) Other Wildlife History  
38 Model Yacht Pond   (see Jubilee Pond)            
39 Ornamental Waters Photos          
40 Perch Pond Photos          
41 Plain, the            
42 Quaker Burial Ground   (see Friends Meeting House Grounds) Photos Plants (list)        
43 Redbridge Lane West Allotments   Plants (list)        
44 Repton Oak, the Photo          
45 Reservoir Wood Photo          
46 Rising Sun Woods            
47 River Holt       Diagram "The River Holt" by Barry Hughes  
48 River Roding            
49 River Wood            
50 Sandhills Pond   (see Alexandra Lake)            
51 Sewage Works Site Photos Plants (list) Plants (overview) Birds (list) Other Wildlife Map
52 Shoulder of Mutton Pond Photos          
53 St Mary Magdalene, East Ham   Plants (list)        
54 St Mary's Church, Little Ilford Photos Plants (list)        
55 St Mary's Church, Wanstead   Plants (list        
56 Temple, the Photos          
57 Wanstead Flats Map Plants (list) Plants (overview) Birds (list)...Trees Cattle History
58 Wanstead House Gateposts at Overton Drive   Tree Avenues      
59 Wanstead Park Photos Plants (list) Plants (overview) Map Birds (list)...Fungi (list) Lake System..Wartime damage..."Robert at Wanstead Park
60 Warren Wood            
61 Waterworks Wood            
62 Webster's Land   Plants (list)        
63 Whisker's Island            



Names, links and information about the various localities within the study area