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Urban Botany

30th June 2023 @ 2:00 pm 4:00 pm

Colourful flashes of urban wildflowers creep out from wall crevices, between cracks in pavements and in the beautiful tangles of our green spaces.

Discover how an impressive collection of plants and flowers thrive alongside people in the vibrant Ouseburn Valley. With a backdrop of heritage buildings, independent businesses and fresh graffiti, this botanical safari will take a slow place to enjoy the sights (and scents!) of Ouseburn’s delicate resident plantlife.

We’ve teamed up with Heaton’s own Urban Botanist extraordinaire, James Common, Senior Naturalist at the Natural History Society of Northumbria, to share his expertise and enthusiasm for all things green and floral. James’s infectious love for and understanding of botany, and other wildlife, is sure to have you searching for bursts of colour in all your urban adventures.

Everything from the purple clouds of Ivy-leaved Toadflax pushing through walls, to Elderflowers pulsing their perfume along paths, to much-misunderstood Dandelions (of which there are many species) bursting through concrete to feed our pollinators.

Most suitable for adults, but suitable for ages 12 and above. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

No experience or understanding of plants or flowers is needed, just an intrigue for urban wild things…


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Spiller's Car Park
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1AP United Kingdom
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