Trees and Plants

When we took over the site it had been left to its own devices for years and there were many unusual plants that had appeared, some deemed dangerous.  We hope to keep all of these with the intention of educating people about the dangers, remedies and ancient medicinal uses.  We are currently creating an inventory of all of the different types of plants and trees we have but below are just a few.

Arum Italicum & Lords and Ladies

We have a small number of these about the site. Stunning in appearance they are known to be highly toxic.  Normally found in Central and Western Europe its ancient medicinal uses include healing colds, inflammations, intestinal worms and tumours. 

Forget me not

These flowers provide bees with pollen and nectar.  Henry VIII adopted this flower as his emblem and they were once used to commemorate those lost in war.  In ancient times they were carried or worn to keep a lover close to your heart.

Willow

We have lots of Willow about our site, often used to make creatures and to weave into wreaths.  Ancients would make an infusion from the bark to heal colds and flu and to treat inflammation.  Its twigs were also chewed to relieve pain.

Hazel

We have a beautiful little hazel coppice and hazel trees scattered about the site.  In ancient times its twigs were picked from ground and used to make wands and placed in burial mounds.  The Celts believe hazel nuts bring wisdom and inspiration and tell a sacred tale of a magical Salmon who ate these nuts.

Silver Birch

Silver birch can be used to improve soil quality for other plants to grow. Its widely spread roots bring otherwise inaccessible nutrients into the tree, which are recycled on to the soil surface when the tree sheds its leaves.

Traditionally, birch is said to be full of the light of the warrior-god Lugh, and the old belief in its power to drive out evil is strong and persistent: even in Victorian times, naughty schoolchildren would find themselves on the wrong end of a birch switch; and ceremonies of ‘beating the bounds’, many of which have survived into the present day, involved the ritual tapping of local boundaries with staffs of birch or willow. Cradles made from birch were believed to protect new-born babies from malicious spirits, and in the folklore of the Highlands, it was said that a pregnant cow herded with a birch stick would bear a healthy calf; and if the animal was barren, she would become fertile.