Ruscus growing in a hedgerow at Alverstone Mead Nature Reserve.
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Almost all the R.aculeatus I have ever seen have been in ancient hedgerows. Would they have been planted there in times past or simply escaped the damage suffered within a coppice?
These plants were growing in a hedgerow on the edge of Alverstone Mead Nature Reserve, which comprises woodland and wetland areas. I assume these to be part of the woodland, but I'm not sure whether it is classified as ancient woodland.
David J Trevan
Having looked at Burnt House Lane on Google Maps and www.old-maps.co.uk I see that the little patch of wood is quite old at least. It seems to have formerly been called Borthwood Lynch. On the 1866 map it is there and where the main housing area is in Alverstone was once a copse.
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