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 geographcal area, answering their questions about the plants they have found and identifying them as necessary. You can keep an annual record book (WFS Diary) showing flowering plants seen from March 1st to October 31st which is our notional flower finding season. You can then send it to your local branch secretary during the first week in November for 'auditing' and for inclusion in the Magazine report. The O'Grady prize is awarded each year to the member submitting the best 'first time' record book.

Once you are proficient in identification and have recorded enough plants, you can be 'promoted' to one of the 'Valhalla' branches - if you are really good you go to 'Parnassus'. Keeping a diary is not required but it certainly helps you to become familiar with the British flora.

There are special secretaries for Exotics and Foreign Records, and, for the more competitive wild flower enthusiast, there are competitions for:

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 Mr A. Bunn
N2 Northumberland, Cumbria, Tyne and Wear,Durham, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland Clare O'Reilly
N3 Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, North Wales Mrs J. Clarke
O Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire Mr T. Fowler
O1 Bedfordshire Mr P. Cavenagh
O2 Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, Oxfordshire Mr S. Karley
P Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, S. Wales, Eire Mr S. Parker
T Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset  
U Staffs, West Midlands, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire Mary & Clare Smith
V Greater London, Middlesex Mr D. Bevan
W Scotland Miss H. Jackson
Y Essex, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk: Annual lists: N/A
Y Essex, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk: Cumulative Lists: Dr S Clarkson
Valhalla 1 (Z1) 1700 - 2000 species Mr Edward Pratt
Valhalla 2 (Z2) 1550 - 1699 species Mr J. Swindells
Valhalla 3 (Z3) 1400 - 1549 species Mrs P. Abbott
Valhalla 4 (Z4) 1250 - 1399 species Mr A. Newton
Valhalla 5 (Z5) 1150 - 1249 species Mr P. Lawson
Valhalla 6 (Z6) 1000 - 1149 species Mr R. Burton
Valhalla 7 (Z7) 850 - 999 species Miss R. Raby
Valhalla 8 (Z8) 1 - 849 species Mr N. Rumens
Parnassus 1 2500+ species Dr C. Pogson
Parnassus 2 2000 - 2499 species Mr G. M. Kay
Exotics   Mr C. Westall
Foreign Records   Mr R. Burton
10km Square Study North   Mr B. A. Tregale
10km Square Study South   Mrs Pat Verrall
Winter Months Hunt for plants in flower during December, January and  February Mr D Grant
First Hunt for plants in flower during the first week of March Mr & Mrs D. Holland
Last Hunt for plants in flower on one day in the last week of October Mr I. Green
Last Week Hunt for plants in flower during the last week of October Mrs J. Clarke
Photographic Competition   Ms Marion Chappell

Updated 8th March 2014

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