Oxlip Giclée Print in collaboration with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust


Oxlip Giclée Print in collaboration with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust


Giclée Print on Archival Paper
Edition of 60, signed
20 x 20cm

15% of the sale of this print will be donated to the Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Print comes wrapped in a sturdy backing board with a descriptive sticker.

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A Suffolk oxlip (primula elatior) wood in spring is a wonderful sight, with its graceful, nodding, creamy yellow flowers and its delicate apricot scent.  It is not surprising that in 2002 the oxlip was voted Suffolk's County Flower in a poll run by wild plant conservation charity Plantlife.  However, it wasn't until 1842 that Henry Doubleday's research identified the oxlip as a separate species.  Until then, it was thought to be a cowslip/primrose hybrid.

 Although common in Europe, in Great Britain oxlips are nationally scarce.  The best sites are found where the borders of Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire meet. It is almost exclusively a plant of damp ancient woodlands on boulder clay.

 The oxlip, like many wildflowers, has come under threat from loss of habitat.  Its meadow sites were completely lost, mainly in the nineteenth century and many woods were grubbed up for agriculture after the second world war.  In addition, many woods were turned over to conifers in the 1960s.  A greater threat however now exists in the form of deer grazing.  The explosion in the deer population has put the oxlip under great threat in the sites where it still exists.  Add to this the fact that the oxlip is slow to colonise, and it can clearly be seen that this delicate flower is under great and varied pressures.  It is now classified as "near threatened" in the Red Data List for plants.

 Suffolk Wildlife Trust is doing its best to encourage the oxlip.  The ancient woodland practice of coppicing, often with the help of volunteers, opens-up the woodland floor and encourages the conditions in which oxlip thrives. Two of the Trust's ancient woodlands are a stronghold for the species. The magnificent displays at Bull’s Wood, Cockfield, and at Bradfield Woods are at their best in April and May. If you want to do some practical habitat management to encourage this charming flower and others like it, visit our website at www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org to find out about volunteering opportunities.