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Welham Lane
Wild Flower Survey

Welham Lane is a narrow, quiet lane connecting the two villages of Welham and Great Bowden.  It is a no-through road as the crossing at Langton Brook, which marks the end of Great Bowden parish, is now a footbridge. The adjacent ford was rendered unusable in recent years to prevent car racing.  
Rubbish is still dumped there.
Local people do an annual litter pick in the village and include Welham Lane when necessary.

The long section running up to Langton Brook may not be the original lane from Anglo-Saxon times.  It has wide verges and appears to be a drovers road.  It may date from after the enclosure of the fields in the 18th century.  The original route may go straight across the fields towards the brook which is the most direct line and remains as a footpath. The verges have been banked up in recent years to prevent travellers’ camps, but it is an area where wild life and wild flowers can thrive if properly managed.

We asked Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust to do a plant survey of the straight section of the 
lane. They carried out surveys in April and July 2004 with a surprisingly large number of species found. Some of these may have been original residents in the lane and some may have been imported when the verges were banked up with soil from elsewhere. The Trust also included some advice on the cutting of the verges and clearing of the ditches which had not been done in the past.

A free (by e mail) leaflet lists species which were found in April and July 2004, like the meadowsweet above. The plants on the list were not necessarily in flower at the time of the survey.  Some of the plants are very small and fragile and special care needs to be taken in searching for them.