On Sunday 8th October, a goodly sized group of Friends went for a walk in the Pinetum to discover and identify fungi. We were guided by a local expert who has years of experience and seems to possess an encyclopaedic knowledge of the subject. As we walked, people would bring specimens or the expert would find them and then say a few words about each one.
The structures we see emerging from the ground or surface of a log are the fruiting bodies containing the spores and picking them does not kill the fungus, which lives underground or within the wood. Only collecting a few fruiting bodies every other year, as we do, doesn’t materially impact the fungus’ ability to reproduce.
After carefully washing our hands, many of us enjoyed a cream tea in the dining room.
Thanks to our Curator Edward’s carpentry skills, we have replaced the treads on the Japanese style bridge above the Entrance Area hut base that had been broken by vandals. They match perfectly in size and form and will blend in seamlessly when the whole structure has been varnished.