Hawthorn is widespread in the UK and can be seen all over the place along hedgerows and native woodland. It’s white (and sometimes pink) flowers, ‘May blossom’ as it’s commonly referred to, are at their peak during May, they quickly bloom and can be gone a week later. The flowers make a lovely syrup which has a hint of anise. The young leaves can be added to salads. In late summer and autumn, the berries (haws) make a beautiful jelly, woody in flavour, that goes well with cheese and game. I also sometimes use the wood for smoking meat. Just recently I came across some hawthorn wood charcoal made by Whittle & Flame in Oxfordshire. Hawthorn berries, leaves and flowers have also been used medicinally for centuries in helping heart conditions, reducing blood pressure and supporting energy metabolism.