Collecting the folklore and uses of plants


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Susan Acton-Campbell asks if anyone can identify ‘gaze’.  In 1830 the author Elizabeth Emra wrote of a ‘precipitous bank’ with ‘gaze, furze and broom’ in St George, Bristol.  Please send any comments to

Response:  Thanks to Philip Marshall, June 2021:  Geoffrey Grigson, in his Englishman’s Flora (1958) quotes a local word gazel, used in Kent and Sussex for red currant [Ribes rubrum] and black currant [Ribes nigrum].

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