A FAMILY are feeling more than lucky after finding an astonishing three four-leaf clovers and three five-leaf clovers in one day.

The Clarkes made their amazing discoveries in Hove Park.

Emma Clarke, 42, of Frith Road, Hove, took her children there after they developed a passion for lucky clover hunting while camping.

They thought the park might be a good spot – but could not believe just how good.

Marla, 11, and sisters Elsie, eight, and Wren, five, picked the extremely lucky clovers on Thursday.

The girls, with help from their friend Holly Counsell, and her brothers Noah and Seb, spent the afternoon wandering the park looking for the plants, which are considered in many cultures to bring good luck.

Marla, who attends St Andrew’s School in Hove with her sisters, said: “I was very excited to find the clovers.

“I started looking for them after finding one when I went camping, and was desperate to find more.

“I found them near Hove Park Cafe.”

The odds of finding a four-leaf clover on your first attempt are about 10,000 to one.

The odds of finding a five-leaf clover on your first attempt are a staggering 1,000,000 to one.

Clover can be found in any area of grassland but usually with only three leaves and a spokeswoman from Plant Life, a wild plant conservation charity, said this was a particularly rare find.

She said: “They are not all over the place by any means.

“It is definitely unusual to find so many in one place.

“There may be some sort of mutation going on there.

“A four-leaf clover is just a mutation of a three-leaf clover and the five-leaf is just a mutation of the four-leaf, and so on.”

Shamrock, which is a young clover, is the symbol of Ireland.

Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, is said to have used it as a metaphor for the Christian Holy Trinity

The most leaves ever found on a clover was 56, in May 2009, by Shigeo Obara in Hanamaki City in Japan.