Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum

Wooden Wonders part eight: box

Posted: February 13, 2012 at 14:53 pm Author: Kate Cashmore

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, is full of magnificent trees.

As part of our half term Wooden Wonders event taking place from 14 – 16 February, Kate Cashmore from Westonbirt’s learning team has created a trail which will help you find out about our hidden wonders.

Here, she highlights some of the Wooden Wonders that you can discover when you follow the trail.

Charcoal burning in silk wood

Box is not often seen as a tree – more often clipped as a hedge.

Its wood is yellow, extremely hard and heavy and fine-grained. It is valued for carving small fine articles like chessmen, instruments, printing blocks, and especially for combs.

When carefully burnt without air, it makes high quality charcoal.

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