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The Wood That Built London: Surrey

In the 1840s, the Godalming-based naturalist John Drew Salmon set about cataloguing the plants of Surrey with the assistance of a number of correspondents who would report their finds to him. The book, unfinished when he died in 1859, was completed by James Brewer, secretary of the Holmesdale Natural History Club, and published as Flora of Surrey in 1863. Salmon himself recorded the wild service tree in Low Cross Wood, and whitebeam, lily of the valley and wood spurge (Euphorbia amygdaloides) in Dulwich Woods. Among his plant-spotters was J. S. Mill, a keen amateur botanist who,
throughout the 1840s and 1850s, regularly reported his observations to The Phytologist; and it is to Mill that we owe the first record of wild cherry (Prunus avium) in Dulwich Woods, where it can still be found in abundance.

From The Wood That Built London by C.J. Schüler

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