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Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush

White Mulberry - photo by Rachel Sanderson

Here we go 'round the mulberry bush
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush
Here we go 'round the mulberry bush
On a cold and frosty morning

This special tree stands on the Taplow village green, opposite the Oak & Saw Pub. It is a white mulberry (Morus alba), a form of mulberry bush which is rare to England and is native to northern China. It measures 1.61 metres in girth and 12 metres in height, which is an impressive size for this species of small tree.

King James IWhite mulberry leaves are the preferred food of silkworms. Until recently, many mulberry trees in England dated back to the 17th Century. Noticing that Italy had a flourishing silk industry, King James was eager to cultivate more mulberry bushes in England. However, the Chinese played a trick on him, selling him black mulberry trees instead of white ones. After encouraging every land-owner in England to plant them, the result was disappointing: the entire yield was enough to make only one silk dress for his Queen.

The mulberry bush has also been the source of inspiration for children's nursery rhyme, "Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush", first recorded by Shakespearean scholar James Orchard Halliwell in the mid-19th Century. The simple game involves holding hands in a circle and moving around to the first verse, which is alternated with the specific verse, where the players break up to imitate various appropriate actions.

Several champion trees grow just round the corner.

If you have fond memories of playing round this mulberry bush, please get in touch.

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On the green in the middle of the village



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