From pasque to the future

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THE county’s chosen flower is in danger of disappearing from the UK altogether but steps are now being taken to secure its future.

The pasqueflower has disappeared from 95 per cent of sites in the UK where it was once found and only five sites remain where it can be found in strength.

But there are hopes that the flower, which only thrives in well-managed chalk grassland areas, can make a comeback.

Sarah Buckingham from the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust said: “The decline is due to the loss of its habitat.

“We are now trying to create a living landscape of natural chalk grassland reaching down to nature reserves like Aldbury Nowers near Tring from Therfield Heath, near Royston, where the flower is currently flourishing.

“Hopefully we could see a resurgence of the flower.”