Ground ivy

Often overlooked, ground ivy grows vigorously and spreads in shady lawns easily, becoming an invasive weed in gardens. However, it looks amazing as a ground cover in woodland, displaying beautiful violet flowers which attract bees and butterflies. Learn to love it and embrace such a useful herb with aromatic notes like no other. Ground ivy … Read more

Scarlet elf cup

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These little beauties are one of the most eye catching winter fungi on the woodland floor, displaying a stunning vibrant red colour and lighting up amongst the green mosses. In Scarborough, the fruit bodies used to be arranged with moss and leaves and sold as a table decoration. They are so magical that it is … Read more

Jelly ear fungus

This suspicious looking little mushroom’s name, originally known as Judas’ ear, is a Christian reference to Judas Iscariot, who supposedly (and unlikely) hanged himself from an elder tree. The name was corrupted to Jew’s ear and eventually became jelly ear in the name of political correctness. Description and species Jelly ear (Auricularia auricula-judae) is a … Read more

Hazelnuts

Hazel is one of the most common trees in Britain, often be found tucked away in old hedgerows and woods, where they have been used to make field boundaries in England and its wood grown as coppice. It has also a reputation as the ‘Tree of Knowledge’ and it’s regarded as a magical tree. Hazel … Read more

Canadian goldenrod

Introduced as an ornamental plant from its native North America, goldenrod is now a very common sight in the wild, as the plant rampantly spread into vast carpets on riverbanks and wastelands alike. This perennial goes unnoticed most of the year among the green grasses, displaying beautiful yellow pyramid clustered flowers on late summer, highly … Read more

Hawthorn

The humble hawthorn is one of the most magical and enchanted trees of Britain’s hedgerows, with so many traditions and folklore associated that is considered a fairy tree amongst hedge witches. Hawthorn enliven the countryside with its deep scented blossom in Spring that develop into shiny red berries in autumn, just when the tree starts … Read more

Crab apples

The crab apple is the wild counterpart to the cultivated apple, much smaller and tarter in flavour. The trees produce beautiful fragrant blossoms in spring and prolific fruit in late summer, which makes it a forager’s favourite. Description and species Crab apple (Malus sylvestris) or wild apple is a species of deciduous trees native to … Read more