Ivy has been popular for decoration over the centuries and was once
thought to possess powers of protection against house goblins that were
at their most malicious in winter. The custom of decorating homes with
ivy and evergreens dates back to pre-Christian times when they were associated
with the power of eternity and represented life continuing through the
Research at Kew* has found that wild ivy continues to be collected and
sold for Christmas decorations. The scientists evenb found one individual
in England (East Sussex) using wild plants such as bulrush, ivy and plantain
to produce woven rings and brooches.
* see the recent report 'Commercial
uses of wild and traditionally managed plants in England and Scotland'
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