Five things you (possibly) didn't know about wood

Five things you (possibly) didn't know about wood


Posted 4th August


Forestry Commission England has released a few facts which will take your breath away

1 Did you know an oak tree will not start producing acorns until they're 40 years old? They only reach their peak production spell when they are 80-120 years old.

2 Scots pine are able to live up to 8.5 times longer than the average inhabitant of the UK, reaching the ripe old age of 700.

3 Trees are able to reduce the impact of climate change through the absorption of carbon dioxide - they store the carbon in their wood.

4 Romans would grind sweet chestnuts for baking purposes - their leaves have been used to treat whooping cough, rheumatism and stiffness in their joints and muscles.

5 A joint made of ash is supposedly able to bear more weight than any other type of wood. A great source of firewood, its name derives from the word 'firelight'.

Rachel Giles, learning manager for Forestry Commission England, said: "We want to lead the way in engaging people of all ages with how amazing trees are and what an important role they play in our lives. A huge variety of tree species grow in the nations’ forests. They are beneficial for peoples’ health, provide numerous habitats for wildlife and are used to make all sorts of everyday products. We hope our new campaign will inspire everyone to discover more about the wonderful world of trees."

Forestry Commission England manages around 20 per cent of England's woodland for people, wildlife and timber. As it stands, we'll harvest around 1.4 million cubic metres of timer a year, which will be used for buildings, fencing, furniture, wood fuel and more.

Facts courtesy of Forestry Commission England





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