VERT, in general, is every plant growing within a forest, bearing a green leaf, which may hide or cover a deer under it; but then this word " plant" must be understood to mean such plants as are either trees, woods, bushes, or such like, which are of the nature either of wood or underwood, and not of those kinds of plants which are of the nature of herbs, as thistles, and such like, which may also be comprehended within the word plant, but not in this sense.
And when, after making the Charta de Foresta, some questioned what was to be accounted vert, King Edward I. to make the certainty known to all men, made a law to this purpose :
" Know ye (saith he) that all trees that shall be growing within the forest, as well those that bear no fruit at all, as those that do bear fruit at auy time in the whole year; and an old ash being in the arable land within the forest, these shall be accounted vert, because the king is in possession of them.''
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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