The Ogham is a very old alphabet of sorts. Appearing on monumental inscriptions dating from the 4th to the 6th century AD, and in manuscripts dating from the 6th to the 9th century, it was used mainly to write Primitive and Old Irish, and also to write Old Welsh, Pictish and Latin. It was inscribed on stone monuments throughout Ireland, particuarly Kerry, Cork and Waterford, and in England, Scotland, the Isle of Man and Wales, particularly in Pembrokeshire in south Wales.

Many associate the Ogham with trees as it is believed the letters were named after trees. Those trees map to the celtic wheel of the year as a grove.

Art by Yuri Leitch

As I learn more about Ogham I’ve taken to looking to see which of the trees I have in the garden and where.  I was very aware of the trees in the Alder grove and in time I may try to introduce some more of the Ogham trees into that area of the garden but I’m delighted that most of the Ogham trees are already in the garden.

Alder, Elder, Ash, Willow, Oak, Hawthorn, Hazel, and Ivy are already in the Alder Grove.  Pine is very nearby.

Blackthorn, Heather, Birch are in the bottom garden.  Apple and Yew are in the top vege gardens and Broom is behind the house.  Vines are on the house and the workshop.

The only trees I haven’t found yet in the garden are Gorse, Aspen and Rowan.  They may be there and I haven’t found them or….I will endeavour to introduce them to the garden.

Art by Yuri Leitch


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