High Weald


Butcher's Broom, Ruscus aculeatus was once called ‘knee holly' because of its low growing habit at the base of trees and its bright red berries. It is plant of ancient woodlands, and indeed the clumps beneath trees may be older than the tree itself. The name Butcher's Broom came about because bundles of the plant's stalks were once used to scour butcher's blocks.