Collecting the folklore and uses of plants


1. [St Margaret of Antioch church, Sea Palling, Norfolk]  we do still grow the previous year’s Harvest wheat for Easter.  The tradition did die out but we re-established it about 16 years ago, I can’t remember exactly when.  We plant it about three to four weeks before Easter, so it is about six inches high on Easter Sunday [Sea Palling, Norfolk, April 2017].

2.  [1940s] Making a kind of chewing gum from chewing the fresh wheat [Tregaer, Monmouthshire, October 2013].

3. A green Christmas means a light wheat sheaf [Wormshill, Kent, May 2003].

4. It is common practice within the farming community locally up to about 30 years ago to sow winter wheat with the November Dark Moon [Skibbereen, Co. Cork, January 1993].

Images:  main, St Mary the Virgin church, Radnage, Buckinghamshire, September 2014; upper inset, Straw Jack, Carshalton – a man carrying a frame covered in miniature sheaves of wheat – London Borough of Sutton, 2 August 2017; lower inset, Aston, Oxfordshire, May 2016.