Plant Heritage appoint BPS Member as a new National Plant Collection holder

Ian Unsworth, BPS member and fern grower based near Morecombe Bay in Lancashire, is now the proud custodian of a National Plant Collection of Athyrium filix-femina cultivars.

His collection began in the early 1990’s when he obtained specimens of, now rare, cultivars from Reginald Kaye’s nursery at Silverdale, including Athyrium filix-femina ‘Acrocladon’.

Ian applied to Plant Heritage to allow him to officially hold this collection which means he is fulfilling an important role in maintaining and conserving this special group of plants for the nation. His collection in Lancashire marries well with another national plant collection holder of Athyrium filix-femina cultivars in West Sussex, each grower holding different cultivars.

To learn more please go to the Plant Heritage website via this link: to get further details about how many cultivars he grows and how to visit .

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Ophioglossum vulgatum at Hilsea Lines, Portsmouth

One of the easiest places to find Ophioglossum vulgatum is in the meadows at Hilsea Lines, just next to “Ports Creek” and the Motorway
There are many 100s of plants here
These meadows are managed by cutting once a year in the Autumn in order to encourage the many orchids that can also be found here
Sadly, it is proposed to use these meadows as access to maintain Portsmouth’s sea defences and probably will be destroyed in 2 years time
This site was shown to me by Peter Roberts, Portsmouth Widlife Ranger