|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 and People
Until the latter half of the 20th Century the nettle was regarded as a most useful plant. And just as the nettle has exploited mankind by colonising their waste areas, mankind has exploited the nettle using it for food, clothing and remedies.
Even today there is much research into the medicinal use of the nettle.
|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.|