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RE: Tree related questions for a quiz for ordinary people

Subject: RE: Tree related questions for a quiz for ordinary people
From: Jim Quaife
Date: Jun 26 2020 09:37:29
The longbow was a very sophisticated weapon.  They used relatively young yew 
grown close together to provide straight stems and the bow had sapwood on one 
side and heartwood on the other - natural lamination - to provide the 
combination of strength and flexibility.
There was a group of such yews growing on clay over chalk on the North Downs 
in Kent - about ¼ acre - which was blown and squashed in 1987, but it showed 
that the raw material of the right size was available naturally.  I 
understand that yew was planted and natural regeneration nurtured for this 
purpose.  I don't know about imports, and the formation of the wood and the 
way it was cut were the primary criteria, but I don't doubt that it would 
have been sourced wherever it could be found. 
Jim

-----Original Message-----
From: uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info 
[mailto:uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info] On Behalf Of Gary Prentice
Sent: 26 June 2020 10:06
To: UK Tree Care
Subject: Re: Tree related questions for a quiz for ordinary people

Following on from the long bow wood, I was surprised to learn that English
yew wasn’t the preferred timber but that timber was imported from Europe,
as the growing conditions produced a better grain.

On Fri, 26 Jun 2020 at 09:59, Alastair Durkin <ADurkin@xxxxxxxxxx.gov.uk>
wrote:

Bettina, the classic is:

The wood of what tree is commonly used to make English longbows, famous
for their decisive use at the Battle of Agincourt ?


-----Original Message-----
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<uktc-request@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
On Behalf Of Bettina Broadway-Mann
Sent: 25 June 2020 16:14
To: UK Tree Care <uktc@xxxxxx.tree-care.info>
Subject: Tree related questions for a quiz for ordinary people

Hello All,
I'm wanting to put together some questions for a family quiz in which
everyone else are not tree people or know much about trees.

Do you have any good tree related questions that I could use that are not
too difficult and not too obscure please?

I want to give my relatives a fighting chance of getting at least a couple
right, if not more.

Many thanks as always,

with regards
Bettina



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