The Nature Conservation Group for the Prestwood Area

About Prestwood Nature

We are the Nature Conservation Group for the area around Prestwood, including Great Missenden,
The Hampdens, The Kingshills, North Dean and Speen

Our Aims

Prestwood Nature aims to protect and enhance the quality of the natural environment through the involvement of local people.

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Flowering Plants:  Disturbed Land

Sumatran FleabaneGreater Celandine is established by walls in many built-up areas, and Canadian Fleabane, an annual, also occurs regularly along our streets and in waste-land.  The latter has been joined, as recently as 2008, by a close relative, Sumatran Fleabane (also known as Guernsey Fleabane from the place of its first occurrence in the British Isles).  This plant is now very common in London (largely replacing Canadian Fleabane) and is still expanding its range.  It was first seen in our area at the Sheepwash, where the banks had been disturbed by re-excavation of the pond.  Like other members of the daisy/dandelion family it spreads seeds by little parachutes that can be blown over large distances.  Although native, another daisy relative, Sticky Groundsel, has only recently been noticed in our area, first appearing beside the railway in Great Missenden and now cropping up in Prestwood (eg on rubble left from building the car park at Prestwood Leisure Centre, where Hoary Cress also grows) and on Denner Hill, wherever the ground is stony or rubbly.  Common in many places, the attractive Tansy is rare in our area, but does grow at a former waste site, Brickfields, where Goat’s-rue is also a prominent feature.  Small Balsam has seed-pods that open when ripe with explosive force to spread seed far and wide.  It is well-established in a few places, such as Langley Wood (where it is out of control), the garden centre in Prestwood, and near the Old Rectory at Hampden.  Its relative Indian Balsam can be a more serious threat. Although it occurs in our area, it does not create a problem; nor does Giant Hogweed, which only appears sporadically, whereas Japanese Knotweed does have a few persistent colonies that might well get out of hand.  The most unusual introduction is Thrift, very much a coastal plant, which has thrived and flowered for at least a decade beside one road (salted in the winter) in Prestwood. In 2009 one plant of Indehiscent Amaranth was discovered flowering in the grounds of a Great Missenden school, the first county record for this plant.

For help selecting plants for your garden:      Suitable Native Plants for Local Gardens