Fifteen people set off from Wynyard Hall on a foray around the woods there , included were David a transient forayer from Norfolk and another Jill , a potential new member from Northumberland . Quite a lot of ornamental trees provided interest , although not a lot of fungi , black nightshade by the bridge over the beck and very tall statuesque giant hogweed were commented on . Up through mainly conifer woods we happened upon a group of 3 earthstars, geastrum fimbriatum , the sessile earthstar , a good find the 3rd this year , the others being down in Sally’s garden and in a garden at Heaton, Newcastle .
The posh potting shed served as an excellent base for examining and recording the finds . Afterwards I took the opportunity , as did Kaye earlier , of walking around the Rose Garden . Unlike at Alnwick Castle where the roses are planted together in isolation here the walled garden was a mass of movement and colour . Spectacular grasses and choice flowering perennials – a superb sight comparable to any garden elsewhere in the country . I found out later that there is an admission charge of £5.50 / £3 ( Free 1/11 – 31/3 ) . So there are some perks to being a NEFSG member after all !