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“Stingers are a vital part of growing up, giving us one of the most painful early memories of close contact with nature.

It is much later in life that most of us realise just how valuable they are, especially for some of our most beautiful wild creatures.

Without stinging nettles, peacock, small tortoiseshell and red admiral butterflies would have nowhere to lay their eggs, so do please find a space for nettles somewhere in your neighbourhood.”

Professor Chris Baines
Environmentalist and Broadcaster

 

 
 
 

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