Wild Garlic ~ Ramsons (Allium ursinum)


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Image taken while visiting Bulbarrow Hill in Dorset Uk.

Camera Olympus E-30, Focal length 42.0,
Shutter speed 1/80s. f/5.6, ISO200

Wild Garlic or Ramsons (Allium ursinum) (also known as buckrams, wild garlic, broad-leaved garlic, wood garlic or bear’s garlic) is a wild relative of chives. The Latin name is due to the brown bear’s taste for the bulbs and its habit of digging up the ground to get at them; they are also a favorite of wild boar.
Ramsons grow in deciduous woodlands with moist soils, preferring slightly acidic conditions. They flower before deciduous trees leaf in the spring, filling the air with their characteristic garlic-like scent. The stem is triangular in shape and the leaves are similar to those of the lily of the valley. Unlike the related crow garlic and field garlic, the flower-head contains no bulbils, only flowers.1 Colonies are frequently associated with bluebells especially in ancient woodland.

Bulbarrow Hill is a 274 metre (900 feet) hill near Woolland, five miles west of Blandford Forum and ten miles (16 km) north of Dorchester in Dorset, England. The chalk hill is part of the scarp of Dorset Downs, which form the western end of the Southern England Chalk Formation. Part of the hill is used for arable agriculture, but most is calcareous grassland. The hill overlooks the Blackmore Vale, and offers views of Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Devon.
Rawlsbury Camp, a five acre Iron Age hill fort, is situated on a promontory of the hill. Little remains of the camp except the twin embankments and intermediate ditch which surrounded it. The hill gets its name from the several barrows, or burial mounds, that adorn the hill. Additionally, a medieval trackway crosses the ridge. A more recent addition is the twin radio transmitter towers used by the emergency services.
The hill is a popular launch site for paragliders.
On 13 February 1969, a Gloster Meteor T7, number WL350, crashed on Bulbarrow Hill (Grid 805068). Both pilots, R Woolley and Flight Lieutenant RV Patchett, were killed. The cause of the crash has never been established. Two local men, John Tory and Donovan Browning, received bravery awards for risking their lives trying to save the pilots.
The TV presenter Jack Hargreaves who died in 1994 had his ashes spread on Bulbarrow Hill above Raven Cottage.

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