FOREWORD TO THE ELECTRONIC EDITION
By Stephen Woodward (
A Flora of Groby Parish was privately published in 1973, with only about four copies being printed. Edith Hesselgreaves died in 2006. With the permission of her family, I undertook to make her book more widely available by preparing an electronic edition.
The text and layout are unaltered from the original, except for the correction of minor errors. The ten species listed on the Addenda page of the original work have been inserted into the appropriate place in the electronic version.
Much has changed since 1973, not only Groby itself and its flora, but the names used for landmarks, types of rock and flowers. The Appendix is provided to clarify the names used by Edith.
The botanical richness of the Groby area, mentioned by Edith, was confirmed when the Flora of Leicestershire was published (Primavesi & Evans, 1988). The reasons she gives are all valid, but another is surely having a resident amateur botanist with remarkable skill at finding new plants. How lucky we are that she took the trouble to set out her findings in the Flora of Groby Parish.
I am grateful to Edith’s daughter Janet Welsh for proof reading.