Ivy has a number of names in different parts of the Country like bentwood and bind-wood but in Leicestershire it is strangely called Love stone. This maybe because the seeds in ancient times were use as an aphrodisiac.

In ancient Greece the priests presented to newly married couples a garland of Ivy, to symbolise that they were now bound together as closely as the Ivy clasps to its chosen tree. Ivy was also associated with Bacchus , the god of wine, who was often shown with a crown of Ivy.

A word of warning the black berries of the Ivy which appear at Christmas are highly toxic and should not be eaten.