Autumn Nuts and Berries and Folklore Walk
On Sunday 26th September Geoff took a dozen Friends on a circular walk from Harpenden to Redbourn and back, looking out for autunm nuts and berries and recounting some interesting tales relating to the various bushes and trees that were identified en route. Strangely this year there were no acorns to be seen and only two hazelnuts, but plenty of hawthorn berries and rose hips,
Amongst the strange tales that Geoff recounted was one concerning Elder, which in Celtic folklore was considered to be a mischevious plant, so much so that it was thought that anybody struck with an elder branch was likley to grow a hand out of their grave after their death ! But at the same time it was believed to be a protective bush and often grown near the back door of cottages to keep out evil spirits.
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