Rare 'Dragon Leaf' flowers arrive in Wakehurst
An extremely colourful plant that has flowered at Kew's Botanic Gardens is a first for experts.
Seeds of the rare plant were collected on a trip to Tasmania so the beautiful flower can be displayed at a Kent garden.
The plant is also known as the Pineapple Candleheath or Dragon Leaf Richea because of its blade shaped leaves and is so rare because it is hard to propagate in the UK.
Jo Wenham, Plant Propagation and Conservation Unit manager at Wakehurst, said: "As far as our records show, the Richea dracophylla is a new species in cultivation for Kew and Wakehurst Place.
"Because the Richea has complex propagation needs, the success of the first germination and flowering at Wakehurst Place is something to celebrate and it is wonderful to see it flowering.”
Firefighters in the South plan further strike action
Firefighters in Sussex turned out to reports of fire in Haywards Heath last night despite the strike over pensions.
Appliances were called to a kitchen fire in Roundwood Lane and then immediately went to distinguish a roof fire in Haywards Heath.
Cyclist injured in collision
A cyclist has been injured after being involved in a collision with a car.
The incident happened today in London Road, Balcombe near the Cowdray Arms pub at around 3pm.
The cyclist, a man, thought to be in his 20s was taken by ambulance to St Georges Hospital in London with serious head injuries.
If you witnessed the collision and have not yet spoken to officers please call 101 quoting serial 929 of 6/7 or email email@example.com
ITV Meridian Travel updates
Disruption on First Capital Connect between Luton and Sutton (Greater London), and between Bedford and Haywards Heath due to person hit by a train at St Pancras International.
Tickets being accepted on Underground, Southern and East Midlands trains services. All Thameslink lines are blocked. First Capital Connect do not have an estimate for normal service.