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Dr. Margaret Bradshaw, renowned botanist and champion of Upper Teesdale’s rare plants for over sixty years, is, at the age of 95 undertaking a sponsored Trek for Teesdale Flora by riding 88km on Sigma, an Anglo-Arab pony – the distance signifies the boundary distance of the River Tees catchment area, where many of the rarest plants are found.  The money raised will be used to conduct professional botanical surveys and trial conservation methods to protect habitats and stem the alarming rate of decline in some of the rare species.

Margaret's ride starts on Friday 2 July 2021, 2.00pm, at The Moorcock Inn, Eggleston, near Barnard Castle.

For more information visit:
Teesdale Special Flora website (please note this is still under construction):

Facebook page:   
Dr ME Bradshaw’s Teesdale Special Flora Research & Conservation Trust

To make a donation visit:


Spring Gentian in Upper Teesdale - Credit Martin Rogers


Botanical Section meeting at Eskeleth Beck and Fotheringholme SSSI in VC65 Arkengarthdale, grid reference NY999037.  For meeting time and further information contact: Linda Robinson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Botanical Section joint meeting with NE Yorkshire BSBI Botany Group.  Farwath in Newtondale VC62. This meeting is now CANCELLED.