pad gallery, preston 2006

Surveys were conducted in 2006 in Preston to try and discover all the weed species in the city centre. Originally over 50 species were counted in the gaps in the pavement, along gutters, in walls, on roof tops and chimneys and on small plots of derelict land. Only species that were unplanned and not deliberately planted on landscaped areas were included in the count. One lovely surprise was discovering a Broad Bean growing in the pavement on Birley Street near the old Post Office building.

10 species were highligted in the exhibition: Creeping Buttercup, Nettle, Daisy, Greater Plantain, Creeping Thistle, Herb Robert, Broad-leaved Willowherb, Annual Meadow Grass, Broad-leaved Dock and Dandelion showing both a live specimen and a location map for each.

2006 gallery view



specimen of Daisy Bellis perennis:


specimen of Annual Meadow-grass Poa annua:



Above: original survey map 2006
The species count now stands at over 70

Below: printed paper map, coloured pins 2007
52 x 60 cm


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