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So where DO you get yours?

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In the wake of the the NT ‘buy British mistletoe’ campaign this week you might be wondering how you can, confidently, buy British.   And you might also like to spend a few minutes completing the new online questionnaire on where you buy your mistletoe, as data from that can help secure the future of the British crop. So how do you buy British mistletoe?  Well, there are three main options, buying local, buying in a […]

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Not a whiff of mistletoe

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A few days ago, someone told me that they didn’t hang mistletoe, but they did use mistletoe candles every Christmas, because they liked the mistletoe smell.  I pointed out, gently I hope, that mistletoe doesn’t have a scent.  To which they replied, indignantly, “yes it does”. But, er, no, it doesn’t. Mistletoe may be a winter evergreen, but it has no discernible smell.  So what on earth are all those mistletoe-scented candles, and oils you […]

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Frosty mistletoe

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A few views of yesterday’s mistletoe auctions at Tenbury. It was about -8C when I arrived, following a night of freezing fog – which made the mistletoe look rather spectacular. The berries, curiously, seem to become more opaque when frozen, and lose their pearlescence, but that should come back when they’re defrosted. Business seemed a little quiet at first, but soon picked up – with buyers arriving from as far afield as Cornwall, and even one […]

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Mistletoe Crisis!?!

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Well, yesterday was interesting.  Loads of mistletoe coverage on radio and TV following the National Trust news story about future of the mistletoe crop.  Lots of slight, and sometimes major, distortions of the story too. What was the story?  Basically it was about the risk of losing the British Mistletoe Crop (I’m stressing that last word deliberately).  Most mistletoe is cropped from traditional apple orchards, in the sw midlands, where it grows abundantly and is easy to […]

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Mistletoe on Facebook

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For all those mistletoe-loving Facebook users: Mistletoe Matters on facebook (new this month) Mistletoe Foundation on facebook (druidic mistletoe stuff) National Trust Mistletoe Campaign – coming very soon, or so I’m told.  Will add link when available…

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“Where do you get yours?” results so far

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Have you taken part in the Mistletoe: Where do you get yours?  Questionnaire?  Why not?  It’s gathering data on where we (in Britain) buy our mistletoe, and how we use it, to help assess attitudes towards the British crop and to start to get some real figures on how it is used. You can take part via www.british.mistletoe.org.uk Here are the results so far – sample size is still small (under 100), so these can only […]

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The truth about the kiss-me-slow beetle?

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Just been emailed the proofs of a paper I wrote a month or so back, reviewing knowledge of the various mistletoe insects we have in Britain.  There are, currently, six.  All considered rare, but all ‘under-recorded’ as we ecologists put it because so few entomologists pay any attention to mistletoe (it’s difficult to record the specialist insects of a plant that grows at the tops of trees). So they might not be rare at all.  And 2 of […]

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Mistletoe Day 2010

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A few pictures from yesterday’s Mistletoe Day activities in Tenbury Wells, as a slideshow (top) and as clickable images below: (edit:  btw, in case you’re wondering, the pics of the mistletoe-covered apple tree in the snow were taken whilst Reg (the bloke with the harvesting pole in the pics) and I were waiting for the BBC TV crew – who were a little late arriving, so our toes got very cold….) [slideshow] Remember to do […]

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Mistletoe Medicine arrives in Kent

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Back in the summer I was surprised, and disappointed, to hear that the Park Attwood Clinic, a centre for complementary medicine near Kidderminster, had closed.  It was, as far as I’m aware, the only in-patient centre for mistletoe therapy in the UK. What’s mistletoe therapy?  Well, it’s a complementary therapy for cancer treatment, used alongside conventional therapy, and incredibly popular in Europe.  About 40% of cancer patients in Germany are prescribed mistletoe therapy, and mistletoe […]