WILDFLOWERS

Bramham has a range of important plant communities and of particular note are the grassland communities.  These have evolved over the past 300 years and are managed in a very traditional manner to preserve them.  This involves mowing, baling and removing the cuttings in the manner of a hay meadow, although this is done later than normal hay-making, in order to allow all species to set seed.

A survey of flowering plants and ferns was undertaken in 1990 by the Leeds Naturalists' Club and Scientific Association. 235 species were recorded, including 4 species of orchid (3 of them near the Obelisk).  Autumn Lady's Tresses and Wild Columbine were found near the Gothic Temple and Squinancywort on the Bowling Green (known at only one other site in the area).

Bramham's botanical interest has not been widely appreciated, however the consistency of management over 300 years has given rise to plant communities, which are interesting in their own right, as well as being extremely beautiful, but also gives us a picture of what the flora was like at the start of the 18th century, when the landscape was first laid out.  In most contemporary landscape parks the original ground flora has now been lost and replaced with tedious grass monocultures.

  • Early Purple Orchid

    Early Purple Orchid

  • Toothwort

    Toothwort

  • Quaking Grass

    Quaking Grass

  • Common Spotted Orchid

    Common Spotted Orchid

  • Common Spotted Orchid & Twayblades

    Common Spotted Orchid & Twayblades