Upon the grazing area of Credenhill Park Wood stands this lonely teasel, towering above the grasses. Don’t tease us I hear you cry, what is a teasel?
Dried teasel heads were used in the textile industry for raising the nap on fabrics, until they were replaced by metal cards in the twentieth century.
Old folklore has it that the rainwater that collects at the base of the leaves was considered to be a good remedy for sore eyes. Herbalists claim that teasel root can alleviate some of the symptoms of Lyme Disease. However, if you think you may have been sucked on by a tick and are feeling unwell – see a doctor!
If you look closely at the right hand side of the photo you will see a rather fine spiders web.
It has been the national emblem of Scotland since the thirteenth century. Apparently a barefoot Norseman sneaking up on the Scottish army trod on a thistle; his shrieks of pain alerting the Scots to the invader’s presence.