Branches of the Wild Flower Society

The Society has a number of branches to which members belong. Local branches secretaries take care of the members in their geographical area, answering their questions about the plants they have found and identifying them as necessary. You can keep an annual record book (Field Botanist's Record Book or Diary) showing flowering plants seen during the year. You can then send it to your local branch secretary during the first week in January for 'auditing' and for inclusion in the Magazine report.

Keeping a diary is not required but it certainly helps you to become familiar with the British flora and their English and Latin names.

There is a special section for Exotic plants. These are plants which don't appear our reference texts (New Flora of the British Isles by Clive Stace and List of Vascular Plants of the British Isles by Douglas Kent. For those wild flower enthusiasts who love to hunt for plants all year round, we can suggest the following:

  • The Spring Week Hunt (plants in flower during the first seven days of March - returns by March 15th),
  • The Autumn Day Hunt (plants in flower on any one of the last seven days of October - returns by November 15th),
  • The Autumn Week Hunt (flowering during the last seven days of October - returns by November 15th),
  • The Winter Months Hunt (flowering during December, January and February - returns by March 15th),
  • The 10km square study (for records within a 10 kilometre square of your choice - records by January 1st)
  • Photographic competitions (for prints, slides and digital images in various classes - by August 20th)
  • The Dent Prize is awarded to junior members between 14 and 18 (for the best record book - submitted by October 31st).

Branch Details

Branch Details Secretary
Juniors All geographical areas Dr. Nichola Hawkins
A Kent Mr G. Kitchener
M Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Channel Islands, Surrey, Sussex Mr G.Bursnall
N1 Yorkshire, Cleveland, Humberside Mrs Judith Cox
N2 Northumberland, Cumbria, Tyne and Wear, Durham, I.O.M. Lizzie Maddison
N3 Merseyside, Lancs, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, North Wales Mrs Julie Clarke
O Bedfordshire, Berks, Bucks, Herts, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire. Dr Roger Heath-Brown
P Gloucs, Herefordshire, Worcs, Shropshire, Somerset, Wilts, S. Wales, Ireland, Ro FitzGerald
T Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset Mr Tim Purches
U Staffs, West Midlands, Notts, Warwicks, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Lincs Mrs Mary & Miss Clare Smith
V Greater London, Middlesex Ms Sue Buckingham
W Scotland Ro Fitzgerald
Y Essex, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk Dr S J Clarkson
Branch secretary's Diaries Mr John Swindells
Parnassus 1 2500+ species Mr Rodney Burton
Parnassus 2 2000 - 2499 species Mr Paul Harmes
10km Square North   Mr B. A. (Jesse) Tregale
10km Square South   Mrs Jill Oakley
Winter Months for plants in flower during December, January and  February Ms. Pippa Hyde
Spring Week for plants in flower during the first week of March Pauline & Richard Wilson
Autumn Week for plants in flower during the last week of October Heather Colls
Exotics Mr Matthew Berry
Photo Competition Photos exhibited at the A.G.M. and on our web site Mr Ken Southall

Please consult the annual year book or the magazines for email addresses of the various competition secretaries. To avoid spammers they are not published here.

Updated 25th October 2018, updated 5th Nov 2019, updated 31st May 2020, updated 2nd June 2020