Spring Gentian: M Rogers
Plants under threat
Found nowhere else in mainland Britain, the Spring Gentian, along with the other rare flowers and sedges of Upper Teesdale, faces an uncertain future. Recent surveys show the shocking result that, on average, the special plants have gone from over half of the areas they grew in forty years ago. This includes Spring Gentian, Yellow Saxifrage and Alpine Cinquefoil.
Botanists Dr. Margaret Bradshaw and John O'Reilly talk about the challenges faced by Teesdale Special Flora Trust to conserve the rare plants of Upper Teesdale