In the past, Heathlands acted as a highly valuable renewable resource. ‘Gorse, Broom and Heathlands’ tells the story of just how our ancestors worked this useful land did. If you live in a red brick Victorian home you are indebted to the Gorse. If you are wearing woollen cloth you are indebted to the Broom. Perhaps you’d rather know how to sweep a chimney or clean a well. There’s a multitude of topics in this book, from the execution of Archbishop Cranmer, to the Great Fire of London, and a gentle walk on the common among scented yellow blooms, Dartford Warblers and Yellowhammers.