Above: Blackthorn and Gorse grow side by side at the farm. There are masses of these white blossoms all over the Cornish hedgerows at the moment. In the autumn here at the farm the prickly branches become laden with sloes. At this time of year it's often tricky to tell the difference between blackthorn and hawthorn, but the blossom usually comes before the leaves on blackthorn. That's one way to identify the plant and then you'll know if you can look forward to sloes later in the year!

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