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Mistletoe grows in Kent orchards

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It is one of the most iconic symbols of Christmas, but mistletoe is under threat.

The parasitic plant grows on old fruit trees, but so many orchards have been grubbed up in recent years, so this year there may not be be enough to go round.

The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe can be traced back as far as 1820 and according to custom a berry must be removed for every kiss and once all the berries are gone the privilege will cease.

In one Kent orchard, however, mistletoe is thriving.

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