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The Horse Chestnut

The Horse Chestnut

Tree of the Week

Whether red or white is a non native tree – but at this time of the year it looks so splendid with its magnificent display of red or white flowering candelabras

The white horse chestnut Aesculus Hippocastanum is a native of the Balkans and was first introduced to this country by the Romans – however the red sub species wasn’t introduced until as late as 1850 and was a hybrid created in Germany

The Horse Chestnut can grow up to 40 m in height and live to 300 years old.  Everyone knows their sticky buds, magnificent candle flowers and their jewel like fruits – conkers – encased in spiny green cases which fall off the trees in Autumn.  Little commercial use is made of the horse chestnut – the wood is weak, but good to carve.  The conkers however – not only delight youngsters – but contain a chemical called Triterpenoid that wards off clothes moths and other pests – place a few amongst your clothes and as they dry out they emit the moth repellent – no wonder I was attracted to this tree – with a shop full of wool and old Welsh textiles!!!

 

 

 

We make and source beautiful things from natural materials

We are specialists in hand made Leather goods including studded Dog Collars and wallets from 200 year old Russian Reindeer Leather; offering for sale a range of ethical tailored Clothing and wool knitwear and a collection of useful but beautiful Homeware made from HornLeatherWool: old and new Welsh blankets and textiles; Slate and Wood . As well as an eclectic selection of one-off collectibles in our Originals section

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