The elder (Sambucus nigra) is a small shrub or tree which is recognised by its brown, ridged and corky bark.
It was often known as the people’s medicine chest, as all parts can be used as remedies. The berries are a good source of vitamin c and can be made into wine or jam. The flowers can be made into wine, tea and cordial.
It was once protected, Celts believed it was bad luck to cut down and it was sacred to the moon goddess. The leaves were gathered on the 1st April to protect them from evil spirits.