2024-03-01 (Day 061) Common Gorse


Gorse bushes like this are something that I particularly associate with Scotland, but a bit of reading online shows that I am wrong in making that connection, and they are common throughout the UK.

According to The Wildlife Trusts at https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/trees-and-shrubs/common-gorse, gorse is a member of the pea family. Apparently it used to be popular for fuel, but there is an Oxfordshire law that says one may only cut as much as could be carried on one’s back!

I also read that it is 17% protein (that pea family connection coming to the fore) and, since it can grow on land that does not easily support crops it may well come under investigation as a food source if meat becomes more expensive.