This is a Marsh Orchid – you may have seen some on the Field. In fact you may have seen quite a few recently, especially in the area near the bench at the top of the Field.
One of our most dedicated volunteers (Richard Evans) and his partner have recently done a count of Marsh Orchids on the Field. Last year there were 64. This year, astonishingly, there are 237!
As we have not planted any orchids all this increase must be natural. It is most welcome and they make a rather exotic display.
Please help to protect these lovely flowers by avoiding the areas where they are flourishing, for a week or two. They don’t last very long so enjoy them while they are here.