Hawthorn in Full Bloom!

Home » Newsroom » Hawthorn in Full Bloom

The hedgerows around the village are looking resplendent at the moment with the Hawthorn and the Cow Parsley (wild chervil) in full bloom.

A quick search of Hawthorn on the internet unearthed a multitude of interesting facts about this beautiful plant




  • The word Haw is derived from Haga the Anglo-Saxon word for hedge.
    We find it in hedgerows a lot because the thorns and dense foliage are good for keeping livestock in.
  • It's also known as Quickthorn- from 'quickset hedging'. This is an ancient technique of creating an enclosure by setting cuttings directly into the earth.
    Once rooted, they form a dense barrier.
  • It's also known as May and apparently it's the only shrub to be named after the month it flowers in!
  • It is also thought to be the origin of the Maypole and the song 'Here we go gathering nuts in May' is thought to refer to gathering knots (bunches) of mayflower rather than nuts (Ed: "nuts are harvested in the autumn every squirrel knows that!").
  • It has many culinary uses including jelly or home made wine from the berries. We once tried making Hawthorn Leather, a natural sweet ' I think I'll stick to the Jelly Babies!

Also, if you like a bit of modern folk music check out the recent hauntingly beautiful song by the Northumberland folk group The Unthanks called Hawthorn on your preferred music streaming service.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Armistice Day Parade 2018 Fullsizeoutput_2786 (1)
Tue 13 Nov 6:00am  |  hits: 553

Photographs from the Armistice Day Village Parade, St Andrews Armistice Day Service and the Armistice Day Lunch at Tarvin Community...

John Deere Tractor
Fri 16 Nov 6:00am  |  hits: 207

There have been reports of a gang from the Cambridge area targeting high value tractors and John Deere navigation systems to steal for export. If you are subjected to any incidents or have witnessed anything then please call 101 non-emergency and 999 in an emergency. Caller can remain anonymous. State IN1810026674 when calling...

The Manor Tarvin
Sun 18 Nov 6:00am  |  hits: 189

In an article on 20th October we reported that the Manor Deli & Bistro were reintroducing the popular Sunday Lunch and we included a copy of the menu showing a tradition English Sunday Lunch. The Manor has now officially started a Sunday lunch buffet. It is £15 per person, with children under 12, half price. They have now started taking bookings and you can ring up before you get your...