Birch

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.