This is an idea about how to make concrete seating for a wooded area that is robust, maintenance free and has delightful woody facts embedded into it along with leaf imprints to help identification of trees by visitors.
Other benches could say:
Beech (Fagus) - Excellent firewood. Can be pressed to make oil. Used to find water by divination
Ash (Fraxinus) - Part of the Olive family. Used to make longbows, baseball bats and guitars. Can live for a thousand years. Used to find love when placed in the left shoe
Elm (Genus Ulmus) - Used to make chairs, wheels, coffins and medieval water pipes. The bark can be boiled and eaten. Associated with the dead and underworld.
Oak (Genus Quercus) - Produces acorns. Used in the House of Commons and ship building. Known as the ‘father of the woods’. Symbol of strength, truth and longevity.
Sycamore (Acer Pseudoplatanus) - Tolerant of wind, urban pollution and salt. Used for making violins. Brings contentment to those with responsibility. Ensures long life to children.
Sweet Chestnut (Castanea Sativa) - Produces edibles nuts. Can live for hundreds of years. Can be used to treat diarrhoea, coughs and asthma.
Scots Pine (Pinus Sylvestris) - Ever green tree can live for 700 years. Used for making ships. Symbolises fertility and was used to mark routes to important places.
Lime (Genus Tilia) - Used by bees to make honey and in intricate carving and musical instruments. Symbol of fairness and justice. Heart shaped leaves represent love.
Horse Chestnut (Genus Aesculus) - Produces toxic nuts used to play games of conkers.. Makes good fire wood.
Hawthorn (Crataegus Monogyna) - Traditional used in hedge planting. Known as ‘lone bushes’ inhabited by faeries. Thought to be gateways to other worlds.
Holly (Ilex) - Used for Christmas decorations and to make white chess pieces. Symbol of the ‘Holly King’.
Yew (Taxus Baccata) - Leaves and berries are highly poisonous. Used to make long bows and other medieval weapons. Often found in graveyards. Known to live for 3000 years is said to live forever.