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Help/advice needed with helleborine problem.

Hello, as part of my voluntary work in my local woodlands I have been surveying/recording/photographing all plant species for years now,last year I discovered a colony of broad leaved helleborines growing happily under cover of hedgerows, this year they are faced with the danger of the giant hogweed treatment by my local council, the workers have tried to be very careful to avoid the helleborines at my request and to their credit. Unsure if it is the dry spell of late or the above but this year many of the plants appear scrawny and in poor condition and some have spread to areas of high traffic where I fear they will be inadvertantly trampled. Anyway my questions are 1) Can somebody with more knowledge confirm my identification please 2) Any ideas as to why they do not appear to be as healthy as last year and 3) I have permission from the council but is it advisable to transplant a few specimens to a safer area? Many thanks for taking time to read my post.SAM_4129.JPGSAM_4131.JPGSAM_4137.JPGSAM_4149.JPG

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    Jul 31, 2015 11:05 AM (in response to Donna B)
    Re: Help/advice needed with helleborine problem.

    I'm sure they are broad leaved/common helleborines.  They look quite healthy;  I would guess the weather conditions have not suited them so well this year.


    Do not transplant them:  you will kill the fungus they depend on and they'll die.

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