- Common alder pollen seeds have been found in peat, showing that the tree has been in Britain for thousands of years.
- Alder prefers wet ground and is often seen on the banks of rivers.
- When the wood is cut it takes on a blood-orange tinge, which made people think it was bleeding.
- The bark, fruit and leaves have been used to make dye. While the wood was used to make clogs, broom handles and charcoal.
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