Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #1 Gorse

Young gorse plant in Hills & Hollows

Young gorse plant in Hills & Hollows

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More mature. Looking towards Spinney Hill Road entrance

More mature. Looking towards Spinney Hill Road entrance

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You’ll find the glorious coconut-scented flowers of gorse on the Hills and Hollows from January all the way through into the Summer. Bees and other creatures are attracted to the flowers as a valuable early source of food.

Also known as furze, or whin, this very spiny plant used to be very useful to people as hedging, as a cheap and easily available tinder for heating and cooking, as well as fodder for animals, and being a member of the Pea family of plants it can grow even on very poor, sandy soil where not much else will.

More information here.

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