Magical May Trees: Hawthorn Hedges and Elder Pipes

Woodland flora in spring If there are two trees that capture the essence of the month of May, it has to be the veil-white blossoms that take centre stage this month. One, the Hawthorn, has even taken the month’s title as its alternative name; ‘hawthorn’ when the haws (berries) decorate the tree in autumn, and …

Local Patch: jumpers at dawn, fairy street-lamps by the ditch.

13th August, and already it feels more like September. I am certain that the year, in the rush to escape the last grasping clutches of the summer's heatwave, has over run and got a whole month ahead of where it should be. Not that I'm complaining however; this is my favourite time of the year, …