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March 17, 2020

In ancient folklore the gorse bush (ulex europaeus) is a plant that is symbolic of protection, faith and hope.

Indeed in pagan magic, gorse fights evil and in Celtic culture the flowers represent health and fertility.

Above all else the resilience of gorse is legendary. It flowers all year round – even in winter – and its roots can adapt to almost any environment. Its bright yellow blooms attract pollinators and bees in abundance. The thin spiny leaves defend Gorse from hungry livestock and also protect it from drought.

And even in the face of the ultimate adversity the humble gorse has a supernatural ability to bounce back. In fact a crucial part of the plant’s lifecycle is to burn ferociously in wildfires and afterwards it will grow back even stronger and more resilient than it was before.