Guide East Devon residents Coronavirus update - 24 December 2020

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10. Wild East Devon update

Folklore and traditions of Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe

With winter upon us our nature reserves are looking sparser and devoid of colour in the trees, but as our Ranger Penny explains, there is plenty of tradition with those plants most associated with the winter period:

Holly, ivy and mistletoe have been used in Europe since pre-Christian times to celebrate the winter solstice (December 21st) because they remain green throughout the winter these plants symbolised eternal life. Bringing greenery into the home would ensure that new growth would return in the spring and ward off evil spirits, but it was unlucky to bring either into a house before Christmas Eve.”

Read Penny’s full article here:

Thank you to everyone who have visited one of our nature reserves, attended our events and engaged with nature across the district this year. We wish you a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous new year.

The Wild East Devon Team