Broom (Cytisus scoparius)

Broom is one of two yellow shrubs on the Common and with its slightly hairy stems, fragrant yellow flowers and no spines, it brightens the surroundings even on a dull day.  It likes dry sunny areas, generally at lower altitudes and is in flower from April to June.  The bark of this shrub was traditionally used for tanning and rope- making, both local industries in the last century.