British Native Trees - Their Past and Present Uses

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Wildeye, Mar 1, 2006 - Crafts & Hobbies - 84 pages
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British Native Trees - Their Past and Present Uses Including a guide to burning wood in the home A new book by trained tree surgeon and smallholder Piers Warren This unique book explores the past and present uses of products (wood, bark, fruit, sap etc) of the 35 species of British native trees. With sections: A genus by genus break down of past and present uses of native tree products A guide to Coppicing The history and practice of Charcoal Production Firewood - including an exploration of the environmental issues involved in burning wood in the home, sources of firewood, which wood to burn, seasoning and storing firewood, kindling and a foolproof guide to building the one-match-fire! For example - find answers to the following questions: Which tree saps can be used to make wine? Which was the best wood for making longbows? Oil from the bark of which tree is an effective insect repellent? Which tree's bark contains chemical compounds that can selectively kill human cancer cells with no side effects? What is a faggot? What do bodgers do? Which berry was used as a coffee substitute? What wood is the panelling in the House of Commons made of? Which tree's wood has the right acoustic qualities for making electric guitars? Which tree's wood made charcoal taken to cure flatulence? ...and many more fascinating facts! This book is for smallholders, wood owners, tree surgeons, gardeners and anyone who loves trees!
 

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Contents

Introduction
7
Coppicing
11
Charcoal Production
12
Firewood
13
Environmental Issues
14
Sources of wood
16
Which wood?
17
Seasoning
20
Fagus Beech
44
Fraxinus Ash
47
Ilex Holly
50
Juniperus Juniper
52
Malus Apple
54
Pinus Pine
56
Populus Poplar
58
Prunus Cherry
59

Storing Firewood
22
Kindling
24
Acer Maple
27
Alnus Alder
29
Arbutus Strawberry Tree
32
Betula Birch
34
Carpinus Hornbeam
37
Corylus Hazel
39
Crataegus Hawthorn
42
Quercus Oak
60
Salix Willow
63
Sorbus Rowan Whitebeam Service
66
Taxus Yew
68
Tilia Lime
70
Ulmus Elm
72
Further Resources
75
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Page 7 - I became fascinated with native trees and the variety of uses to which they have been put in the past.

About the author (2006)

Piers Warren grows all manner of fruit and vegetables in his garden and greenhouse. As well as being an author of several books and many magazine articles, he also teaches wildlife film-making. He is very experienced in running a smallholding and is keen to promote organic principles, sustainability and green thinking.

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