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World Forest Day

"Remember, go straight to Grandma's house! Don't dawdle along the way and please don't talk to strangers! The woods are dangerous! "

~ Advice from a Fairy Tale, Little Red Riding Hood

Kilted ecologists, rangers, permaculturists, mycologists, and woodland wanderers! This tartan is the stuff of fairy tales and rich earthy, compost! Folk tales are rife with instructive warnings about venturing too far alone into the deep dark forests! And for good reason! But equally deep and mysterious is the journey vertically downwards into the forest floor itself! Mature forests often have several distinct layers, including the top layer, where fungi, insects, bacteria, and earthworms break down fallen waste materials into rich nutrients! Tied into this lifecycle are the many members of the fungi family - yeasts, molds, and mushrooms! Mushrooms, also sometimes fancifully known as "toadstools", are the fleshy, spore-bearing fruiting body of a fungus and range from edible, merely unpalatable, to poisonous and deadly! Coming in a stunning variety of shapes and colors, the prettiest of toadstools are often the most deadly, including the fairy-tale coloured death caps, the deadly parasols, fly agarics, poison pies, destroying angels, and sweat-causing clitocybes found in the deepest depths of the forest! So If you wander alone out into the deep dark forest and see a possibly enchanted toad sitting on a toadstool, admire but beware! As the old saying goes, "Every mushroom is edible ... once". 🍄 🍁 🍃

Each year, various events celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and trees for the benefit of current and future generations.

Today, forests cover more than 30% of the world's land and contain more than 60,000 tree species, many as of yet unidentified.

By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan was inspired by the colours of leaves, moss and mushrooms on the forest floor.

In literature, enchanted forests are described in the oldest of folklore.  They represent the unknown, places of liminality and transformation.  Indeed, in many of folk and fairy tales, the hero or heroine's journey often leads into the forest. 

Hansel and Gretel meet with a sinister witch in the forest; Vasilissa the Beautiful encounters Baba Yaga herself; and Molly Whuppie and her sisters run into a giant. 

For a reading of a Highland version of a forest-centered fairy tale Molly Whuppie, (Maol A Chliobain)  click the picture of moss and mushrooms.

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