Hornbeam: Our Magical Friend

By woodlandstv

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“What is the hornbeam?” says Nick Lear, who has been managing a large hornbeam wood in Sussex for more than 20 years. Often confused with the beech, very few people really know the tree and its many qualities. This film takes us on a journey from Sussex to Walthamstow in London to explore its history, its many uses, its beauty and sheer resilience. Largely forgotten by many foresters, we learn from a woodsman, an outdoor chef, an artist and a community activist what the tree really represents. Enjoy the journey from “the very best of firewood” to a Bach remedy that “revives the soul”.

A film for WoodlandsTV, produced by One Planet Media a small company who really love trees, with two woodland owners amongst its Associates.

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In France, hornbeam was the wood of choice for bench tops and butcher blocks. Service tree wood was preferred for planes.
It's still used a lot for hedges in formal gardens.
They are called charme, which is good PR, I suppose, even though the etymology is different from charm.

Nouria Diallo

February 24, 2020

My bokken is made of hornbeam. It‘s a good, strong wood for weapons.

Tristan Adamski

March 23, 2020