• Birchfest

    Last few days of good light gave me a couple of opportunities to check out some of the stands of birch round here & the autumn colours this year have been pretty good. Birch is such an undervalued tree, but makes its own very distinctive contribution to the treescape all through the seasons. Many foresters still view it as a weed, but what we should be doing is harnessing the virtues of this tree. Yes, a lot of birch is used to make plywood, but taken to another level it makes the most glorious birch block floors - in Scandinavia particularly... well they do have a lot of birch over there. I have used it to make picture frames before now & they look stunning. I wonder what it would be like if used to make furniture. I'm sure someone has done this already... And then of course there's birch sap wine - the Scots know all about that. Have tried it up there, but never actually had a go at making any. Project for next spring.

    I have an upcoming illustrated talk as part of Herefordshire Tree Week on the 28th November - "Heritage Trees of the Welsh Borders" - 7.30 at Kington Primary School, admission £5. I'll have tree books and cards with me too, so if you're looking for that special prezzie... Love to see you there.

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