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Greetings, kitchen lovers!

I have seen some very interesting news today, my solid wood enthusiasts! I was thrilled to learn about a project using tree faces that has been taking place in the Forest of Dean. The Forest of Dean is a magnificent ancient woodland located in Gloucestershire, not far from our original flagship showroom. Since it is full of beautiful trees, I am of course a huge fan and have visited on more than one occasion – and Cabineto enjoys it too, since they have a little train to ride on and acres of fields to frolic in. On a recent trip, I noticed some strange faces watching me from the woods…

These handsome fellows have been planted throughout the Forest of Dean to catch litter-bugs!

These tree faces aren’t just for decoration – oh no – they live to serve. See, workers in the Forest of Dean noticed lots of litter – including crisp packets from over 30 years ago – and felt action needed to be taken! Crime fell in Rotterdam after 10,000 pairs of eyes were painted throughout the city (that’s 20,000 eyes in total!), and taking inspiration from that, the Forest of Dean council decided that this would be the best way to deter visitors from leaving litter behind.

What do you think of these friendly tree faces? I love them and hope they roll this out to woodlands far and wide shortly!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day tree lovers!

This wishing tree was spotted at St. Nectan’s Glen in North Cornwall!

Good news – I have just discovered that money really does grow on trees – or rather, in trees. That’s right fans of oak kitchens, evidence of money in trees has been found in forests and parks across the country. Though be warned – if you do come across a felled tree that has coins protruding from it, you might not want to take them out!

The unusual sight of trees sporting rings of coins has been said to date back to the 1700s, where money would be hammered into the trunks and stumps of fallen trees to rid a person of illnesses. The ailment is then said to be absorbed by the tree, which is why you wouldn’t want to pull one out – because legend says you’ll contract their sickness! These days the tradition has evolved and is more commonly associated with making a wish – much like a wishing well.

Not all trees can become one of our beautiful oak kitchens or solid wood worktops, and I can’t think of a lovelier way for a fallen fellow to be given a new lease of life. What could be better than holding the hopes and dreams of hundreds or thousands of people?

These trees have been found from Scotland to Cornwall, so if you have a wish that’s yet to be granted, what are you waiting for?! If your biceps aren’t already bulging, you might want to get the weights out first, as it is said that wishes are only granted if you manage to drive your coin through the bark of the tree and into the wood.

With so many trees up and down the country, there are a lot of different traditions associated with them. In Scotland, there is even a ‘kissing tree’; legend says that if you can drive a nail into the tree with one blow, you would earn a kiss from your sweetheart!

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and that all your wishes are granted on this spectacular day of love!

Ta ta for now,

the deTerra diarist

 

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Greetings, wooden kitchen fans!

sleeping trees against a starry backdrop.

Today I have an interesting new tree factorino to share with you all, my fellow timber appreciators! I love learning about trees and what I am about to share with you really is big news. Recent studies have shown that every night, trees relax their branches and hunker down to take a little snooze – Incredible!

Unbe-leaf-ably, this was the first known study of its kind. Some super brainbox researchers in Austria, Finland and Hungary used high-tech laser scanners to see if the trees studied really were having a little siesta, or if they were just resting their bark. It was found that the position of the leaves and branches drooped through the night by up to 10cm! Slowly but surely the trees reached their slouchiest position a couple hours before sunrise, and by mid-morning, the trees were back to the original state again. I don’t know about you but it usually takes me that, plus a couple of coffees to get going in the morning!

Apparently this isn’t news; Charles Darwin himself studied the effects of the night on potted plants, but now we have evidence that trees need to get shut-eye – or should that be shut-leaf? Either way, living organisms – including mammals – have circadian rhythms, which is not a new-fangled dance move but the patterns of day and night within a 24 hour period. Fascinating stuff that really makes me appreciate a wooden kitchen in a totally different light!

When I’m not caressing the solid oak kitchen units in one of the deTerra Kitchens showrooms I just love learning new things about trees, so if you find any interesting facts please do share them on our Facebook or Twitter pages!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist

 

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Seasonal greetings, one and all!

The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is probably the world’s most famous tree!

This week Cabineto and I have been taking a break from pre-assembling wooden kitchens and have turned our attention to a burning question we know many tree-appreciators would love to know more about: the history of Christmas trees.

Though fir trees have been a seasonal staple for winter festivals for thousands of years and have appeared in front rooms for hundreds of years, there is no concrete answer as to where the first Christmas tree tradition was started. Historians are currently dating it back to the 15th century Germany where devout Christians brought greenery into their home to brighten up their living spaces during the cold winter months.

The trend swept across most of Western Europe in one form or another, with different countries adopting different decorating traditions. Early decorations included fruits, berries, ribbons and gingerbread.

Christmas Trees didn’t become widely popular in England until Price Albert put a tree up at Windsor Castle. Following this, it was seen as a status symbol to be able to afford to erect a Christmas tree and decorate it with as lavish decorations as you could afford.

Festive trees were first illuminated in the 16th century using real candles – the results of which were often rather disastrous, as drying pine trees have a habit of combusting incredibly quickly. In 1885 a Chicago hospital burned to the ground, all because of candles on a Christmas tree! By 1908, US insurance companies tried to ban candles from being used on trees because of they had caused so many fires!

By the 20th century, electric fairy lights were adopted, which – although considerably safer than candles – are still responsible for their fair share of incidents. These days, LED lights are considered far safer, as they use a very low electrical current and do not get warm over time.

Across the Western world, many towns and villages have their own Christmas trees. The most famous is in London’s Trafalgar Square, which is donated to the UK every year by Norway as a ‘thank you’ present for the assistance the UK gave Norway during World War II.

Of course there are many other legends and tails relating to the history of the Christmas tree, but we simply haven’t got the time to regale them all, we have to get back to painting cabinet frontals in festive shades!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist.

 

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Wotcher! You will not ‘be-leaf’ the weird faces these trees have been making.

If you thought delightful wooden kitchens were full of character, this is a whole other ball game! Packed full of personality, this vivacious vegetation has been caught on camera, and I wanted to share the evidence with you, my rambunctious readers.

The Cheerful Tree support solid wood kitchens.

cheerful tree

This friendly tree certainly is cheerful. In fact, is he waving? My guess is he’s heard about our passion for all things solid wood! Smiling proud for all to see, I’d have this happy fella in my yard any day.

The Suspicious Tree can’t believe our solid wood cabinet frontals really are solid oak throughout.

suspicious tree

Well, this deciduous dude looks a little suspicious. Maybe he just can’t believe that our solid wood cabinet frontals are 100% real European oak? Well, my friend, you’d better start believing because it is absolutely true!

This Rowdy Tree has just realised solid oak kitchens are way better than MDF substitutes.

rowdy tree

This chap seems a tad angry, to be quite honest – perhaps he already dished out dough for kitchen cabinets made with MDF? This is not the thing to do, pal – MDF can’t be easily refinished, is susceptible to bloating from water ingress, and simply isn’t as strong as solid oak. It’s a no-brainer!

This Shocked Tree has dropped its jaw at our incredibly low prices.

shocked tree

The first time I heard about the incredible prices at deTerra Kitchens, I was shocked too! By purchasing our timber in bulk straight from the source, manufacturing it ourselves and selling straight to our wonderful customers – with no high-street middle-men – we are able to offer solid wood kitchen products at some of the lowest prices around. Sha-zing!

The Hungry Tree is ravenous for more knowledge about our beautiful natural kitchens.

hungry tree

This tree’s hungry. Hungry for knowledge. Did you know we have a wealth of information about natural kitchens right here on our super-duper website? From kitchen specifications to current deals, there are stacks to explore on our Useful Info page.

The Peaceful Tree is content in the knowledge that our oak kitchens are ethically and sustainably produced.

peaceful tree

‘Peaceful’ is the word that comes to mind when I gaze at this happy chappy. He must’ve read our environmental page and discovered how serious we are about minimising our environmental footprint and promoting sustainability. We have rigorous standards when it comes to sourcing timber, and we regularly visit our trusted suppliers to ensure everything is tickety-boo!

If you’re struggling to take in this bonanza of facts about our gorgeous kitchens, why not take a little trip to one of the deTerra kitchen showrooms? Our friendly advisers are on hand at a variety of locations across the country, and are ready with a gleeful smile, a friendly wave and a helping-hand, too!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist.

 

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