Day's Cottage Orchard, near Brookthorpe, is gearing up for Christmas with the mistletoe harvest. Over several days both male and female plants are harvested but it's only the female plants that contain the berries that give mistletoe its commercial value.
Dave Kaspar and Helen Brent-Smith (pictured) manually remove the mistletoe from the tree where it has been growing. The plant is a semi parasite and too much in a tree will both weaken it and increase the risk of winter storm damage.
A good deal of their mistletoe goes to Westonbirt Arboretum Plant Centre but it's also sold at Stroud and Bristol Farmers' Markets.
When asked if Helen's home is full of the stuff, she replied "Of course, and we hold to the tradition of keeping a sprig of last year's mistletoe until we hang a new bunch to help stave off poverty!"
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