A wander around my local patch, Newton Woods near Great Ayton. Trees and bushes laden with berries. Blackberries, sloes, and rowan berries. Rowan, or mountain ash, berries are not particularly palatable but are used to make rowan jelly, an accompaniment for meats. It’s a very powerful tree in the fight against the dark forces of evil. Branches were traditionally hung on May Day over doors to ward off witches and the devil and in Herefordshire it is believed the devil hanged his mother from a rowan tree.