One of the leaves you are looking for in this WildSquare survey is a feather leaf, it’s got a stem in the middle with lots of little leaves coming out from either side. If you see a leaf like this it could be from a rowan, ash or elder tree. All these trees are native to Britain and have lots of myths and legends surrounding them.
RowanRowan trees are associated with magic and are sometimes called Wizard trees, people used to plant them outside their houses to protect them. Rowans trees produce red berries which are poisonous for people to eat raw but birds love them.
Ash In Viking and Norse mythology there was a ‘tree of the world’ this tree stretched up into heaven with it’s leaves and it’s roots reached down into the underworld. The tree was called Yggdrasil and was an ash tree. In Cheshire people used to believe that an ash tree could be used to cure warts.
ElderYou can spot elder at this time of year by it’s white sweet smelling flowers. It’s flowers and berries can be used to make wine and cordials. If you like Harry Potter you’ll know that the most powerful wand in the world was the Elder wand and, you guessed it, was made out of wood from and Elder tree.