Ulex europaeus) is well known throughout Europe and is a particular favourite in the UK, forming as it does, hedges and field boundaries all over the country. The wood of the gorse is non toxic and has been used in the past to make such things as cutlery. It's resilience has also made it popular with makers of garden ornaments, despite its propensity to warp and twist. But for now, it is just a welcome and fragrant indicator that Spring has arrived.
Another indicator of the season was to be found on Shipley Hill itself. The Cherry trees are beginning to show their true colours and one in particular was showing off to the full.