Plant of the Month - March

Each month we feature a picture of a plant growing on The Commons. All plants featured have been photographed here. This month, we are featuring the Gorse. Gorse is the characteristic plant of heathlands and commons. A member of the pea family, it is also known as furze or whin.

It’s bright yellow flowers light up the winter landscape on a dull day and have a sweet coconut smell when the sun shines.

It flowers for so long and so prolifically that the saying goes “love is out of fashion when gorse is out of flower”

Gorse has had many practical uses, including for fuel, fodder for livestock, making wine from the flowers, as a chimney brush, and using the branches to make fishermen’s baskets.

More pictures and information can be found on the Wildlife Trusts website.

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