entry one hundred and sixty one
Hey hey kitchen fans,
Where wood is concerned, I’d like to think that my finger is firmly on the pulse, my brain on the bark and my heart in touch with hardwood. It is always exciting, though, to hear of new species of animals and plants returning to the British countryside rather than disappearing; and – happily – that is what I’m here to report this week on the blog!
Back in 1890, a redwood (which, if reports are to be believed, was as tall as a 30-storey building and was over 4,000 years old) was shamefully felled in Fieldbrook, California to satisfy the bet placed by William Waldorf Astor that no tree could provide a slice of trunk big enough to seat 40 guests at once. If it was still alive, this giant redwood would have been the largest tree in the world today.
Fortunately, scientists at the Eden project (near St. Austell in Cornwall) have cultivated 10 cloned saplings from the Fieldbrook stump as part of their plan to re-establish specimens from some of the oldest trees in America and Britain.
A further 99 clones from 10 ancient American redwoods – including giant sequoia redwoods – have been imported to Cornwall, and will be established alongside the samples from the Fieldbrook redwood (which is a Californian coast redwood), to form a large plantation of these natural giants.
Vice-chairman of the Eden Project, Tim Smith, said that “the grove of redwoods will be an amazing and lasting enhancement to our global garden here at Eden, and a totem of hope for generations to come.”
It’s another fabulous reason – as if it were needed – to visit Cornwall’s Eden project where specimens of 32 other trees from around the world already exist alongside many other plants in and around the incredible inflatable biomes.
If you are planning a trip down to the Eden Project, you may well be passing our Gloucester showroom, which is just off junction 12 of the M5. Pop in to take a look at our nine sustainable wood kitchens, featuring a wide variety of our oak kitchen cabinets, solid wood worktops and much more besides.
Ta ta for now,
The deTerra Diarist.