There is plenty of hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) in the wood but it grows no higher than a shrub under the shade of the beeches.  The one pictured above is growing in our garden.

A common name for hawthorn is “bread and cheese” which refers to the young leaves and flower buds that can be eaten straight from the tree. They are supposed to taste nutty in salads, but taste more grassy to me.

The berries are also edible but the only time I made haw jelly, it took a long time to sieve the maggots out!

Quickthorn is another name for hawthorn as it can be grown quickly into a stock-proof hedge, and of course it also known by the grandest name of all: Queen of May.


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