Thursday 22nd October 2015
Some 15 members, partners and guests took part in this walk in Blean Woods, which was led by Dr Joyce Pitts, a botanist of many years standing and Recorder of fungi for Kent, accompanied by one of her colleagues.
Agaricus campestris - the common field mushroom
Dr Pitts explained the vital role played by fungi in recycling vitamins back into the soil, as well as breaking down leaf litter and all kinds of vegetable material, and the damage caused by agrochemicals which, by destroying fungus spores, resulted in vitamins simply being flushed into rivers, and hence the sea, where they cause pollution.
A pub lunch at the Royal Oak at Blean completed a pleasant excursion.