Expeditions, Navigation, Guided Walks and Trekking
I dont know if one can get excited about the appearance of such a plant, but to me this is one of the signs of Spring well on its way. Just below Smithills Hall, below the ornamental wall is a spring escaping down the slope, making a very boggy area. Ideal conditions for the American Skunk Cabbage which have now reached a foot tall.
These are not native plants and probably escaped from the old ornamental garden below the hall. There is still some growth yet, they grow up to 1 metre tall and supposedly have a bad skunk-like smell, although I’ve never noticed it.
According to the Wildlife Trust they are an invasive non-native species and should be removed, but I’m glad they are left here, they do make a feature on my regular dog-walk around the hall estate.