The study of the environmental evidence found during the excavations at Bearsden was hugely important and ahead of its time.

Lots of different species were identified as growing in and around the fort and reflected a mixed landscape of woodland, pasture, heath and bog.

There were alder and hazel trees, some willow, and grass, heather and rushes, corn marigold, common mallow, tormentil, wild strawberries, violets and buttercups. The church and wider community was inspired by this research to create drawings of many of these plants that you can see in the gardens around the church. We’ve divided the drawings below into cultivated plants, imported plants, surroundings and trees.

Cultivated plants

Imported plants



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