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Bonkers Blog May 2017

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4 May (Part 1) - Cryptosporidium in Belvedere, Phytophthora Ramorum in Lesnes

Rhododendron RhododendronI know it’s basically a weed from China but I have always had a soft spot for rhododendrons; ever since I got a prize from the infants school teacher for being the only pupil in the class to spell it correctly in a test.

There is a glorious display of the Chinese weeds in Lesnes Abbey woods at this time of the year but some of the bushes are looking a little sick right now.

One at least is infected with Phytophthora Ramorum which is a name I doubt I could spell correctly if you ask me tomorrow.

Bexley Council is going to grub up the affected bush and burn it. They have even issued a Press Release.

Note: Bexley Council claimed they had to close Belvedere’s Splashpark because of the presence of Cryptosporidium. The official report said it was only a risk. Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.


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