Country diary: the communal joy of an urban wildflower walk

Country diary: the communal joy of an urban wildflower walk

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire: We grow here together in inconvenient places, squatters sharing space and a predicament

I’m finding it hard being cooped up in my urban neighbourhood. Having a disabled body in a pandemic means I’m still stuck where I am, hungry for freedom and connection, making do.

“Why don’t we go on a weed walk? Let’s see what we find nearby,” I ask my mum over the phone. “Ooh, go on then,” says mum, who is plant mad. She arrives in shorts with the Collins Wild Flower Guide and a backpack, ready for our expedition. I laugh and slide on to the mobility scooter that serves as my legs.

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