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Bilberry bushes

  • 22-06-2021 9:57pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 41 ✭✭✭ MeadowMaker


    Restoring some meadows and currently cutting back gorse on old stone walls to expose some bilberry bushes

    I read on these bilberry bushes and how in old times the berries were a prized berry and often were exported to France,

    Does anyone know if the bushes on old hedgerows were planted or just came about naturally?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,093 ✭✭✭✭ Danzy


    Restoring some meadows and currently cutting back gorse on old stone walls to expose some bilberry bushes

    I read on these bilberry bushes and how in old times the berries were a prized berry and often were exported to France,

    Does anyone know if the bushes on old hedgerows were planted or just came about naturally?

    They are a native plant but grow in boggy ground I the wild.

    If the ditch is good, they may well have been planted. I've never seen them outside the bog


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,056 ✭✭✭ Dinzee Conlee


    Danzy wrote: »
    They are a native plant but grow in boggy ground I the wild.

    If the ditch is good, they may well have been planted. I've never seen them outside the bog

    Funny, we would have them down here in ditches. I have never seen them anywhere else only ditches :)

    Afraid I can’t say if they were planted or not. I have a feeling that weren’t planted though...


  • Registered Users Posts: 157 ✭✭ Freejin


    Think we know them as Hurts around here. Would see them on ditches,never in bogs


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,090 ✭✭✭ Feisar


    We had them along a drop beside a bog and by bog I mean an old disused bog that was only ever hand cut on. Used to mash them up with a bit of sugar and slather them all over my Granmother's soda bread. Jaysus that's taking me back.

    First they came for the socialists...



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,056 ✭✭✭ Dinzee Conlee


    Freejin wrote: »
    Think we know them as Hurts around here. Would see them on ditches,never in bogs

    ha, we used to call them hurts as well - where abouts are you, as a mater of interest?
    I'm in Cork, wondering if they were called hurts elsewhere...


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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,909 ✭✭✭✭ _Brian


    We have them here locally on the bog on the mountain.
    There was a hotel locally called The Bilberry and a festival on the Mountain.


  • Registered Users Posts: 157 ✭✭ Freejin


    ha, we used to call them hurts as well - where abouts are you, as a mater of interest?
    I'm in Cork, wondering if they were called hurts elsewhere...

    Cork as well!


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