Nettles
 

  Be Nice to Nettles Week
  a CONE initiative
Nettles
 
“Stinging nettles give us an insight into both the capacity for nature to flourish even in some of the hardest urban conditions, and how plants are essential in providing us with some of the neccessities of life.

Not only do they provide excellent food for some butterflies and moths, but we can make tea from their leaves, use them as dyes, and once stung we will never forget their power to protect - as good a piece of environmental education as any.”

Mathew Frith
Urban Advisor, English Nature

 

 
 
 

Nettle Week Activities

Want to do something during Be Nice to Nettles Week? Take a look at some of the suggestions below

Create your own nettle patchCreate your own nettle patch
Want to watch caterpillars in your own garden, or have a supply for spring greens? Here's some tips to create the perfect nettle patch.
Lady Ridley's Nettle SoupLady Ridley's Nettle Soup
Why not try this tasty springtime recipe. Just remember to take the gloves!
Garden nettle patch surveyGarden nettle patch survey
Have you got your own nettle patch? Why not tell us about your patch.
Making nettle manureMaking nettle manure
Do you love gardening? Are your houseplants precious? Why not make them a nutritious nettle leaf tonic. Best of all it's free!
Comma butterfly surveyComma butterfly survey
Tell us if you see any Comma butterflies in your garden this year.

 

Got your own ideas? Tell us about them - Email us with your ideas and we'll list them here for others to see.

 

 
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Did you know?
The Latin name of the nettle Urtica comes from the word 'uro' which means to burn!
 
 
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