2 JUNE 1933, Page 14

The sprays of the mountain ash are of fern-like appearance.

The bunches of white flowers so beautiful in the spring, later on turn into even more beautiful bunches of berries which decorate the wild mountain glens with vivid crimson. In Scotland the mountain ash is called the rowan-tree. It is the whispering-tree and has Secrets to tell. It is believed to be proof against demons and the evil eye. Pin it on your coat and nothing malignant will happen to you. In Wales many of the churchyards contain a rowan-tree, put there to drive away the spirits who will disturb the dead, or perhaps to defend the living who bring flowers to place on the tombs.

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