Can you identify this flower? (Click on ‘Comment’ below if you can!)

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A number of these yellow flowers are to be found growing on the north bank of the Wom, on an area regularly flooded after heavy rainfall, which often causes the brook to spill over its usual banks.

Hopefully this photograph will reveal the smaller clusters of leaves which are part of the whole plant, easily hidden by the larger leaves surrounding it.

Water pollution?

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A regular if slightly worrying sight in the Wom, mid-way between the’western’ foot bridge and the road bridge which forms the boundary of Wombourne Park, is the regular occurrence of foam. There must be a local drain emptying into the brook at this point.

Hopefully the aquatic life won’t be too adversely affected by it.

Further tree management

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Towards the mid-point of the Wom brook’s passage through the village, (where a small underground stream emerges in a waterfall, which in turn feeds the Wom ), the result of recent tree management work is quite noticeable.

In the above photograph, taken from the south bank of the brook, tree stumps clearly show the recent results of chain-saw usage to fell several thick tree trunks. Further evidence of this work may be seen along the banks of the brook, heading towards the village centre,

(Although not easily discernable, the overgrown waterfall is located towards the left of the picture, behind the tree stumps. In the foreground, you can just make out the brook.).