In Ireland, the birch tree - Beith chlúmhach, Beith gheal, is associated with January as a symbol of rebirth, new beginnings and growth. It’s a sacred tree within Irish mythology and is thought to have very protective influences. In ancient Ireland on Midsummer's Eve, branches from the birch tree would be hung around doors of dwellings in hopes to bring good luck and guard against any evil misfortune. To bring in the new year with goodness, evil spirits were brushed from homes using a broom made from the twigs of a birch tree.
The native tree holds strong connections with feminine energies and in Celtic Lore is known as ‘The Lady of the Woods’.
Silver birch trees are also amazing for garden wildlife - the tree is a great attraction and will be unconditionally adored by the birds and the bees.
In addition to these sacred origins, birch is an extremely strong and durable hardwood that grows abundantly. The species' beautiful appearance, blond color and lightness make it a great wood type for flower presses. It has an elegant, clean-lines grain that complements simplistic design. It is easily portable due to its lightness and is strong and durable for a lifetime of use!
Browse our collection of birch flower presses here.