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“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

 

 
 
 

Nettles in the news

Not surprisingly there are always a few quirky stories appearing in the newspapers regarding nettles - some of them originating from this site. Here is our run down of some of the recent nettle coverage. Please let us know if you come across anything yourselves.

Nettles win football match!

Reported in the Sunday Times by Louise Taylor

"Mick McCarthy will be hard pressed to devise team talks as imaginative as Howard Wilkinson's. Before Sunderland played Liverpool last December, McCarthy's predecessor arrived in the home dressing room carrying a bag of nettles. First Wilkinson demonstrated that squeeezing the plants slowly in his palm stung painfully. Then he grasped the nettles swiftly and firmly, before explaining that this approach hurt less.

The point was to warn his players that Liverpool would aim to lull Sunderland into complacency before stinging them on the counter-attack; a tactic that could be negated by curtailing such breaks at source. On that occasion a 2-1 victory - only one of two in 20 premiership games during Wilkinson's reign - resulted."

 

 
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Did you know?
Cloth made from nettle fibres was used as a substitute for cotton to produce German Army uniforms during the First World War.
 
 
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