EL­DER THOUGHTS

Countryfile Magazine - - Lazy Days -

I re­cently read an ar­ti­cle from the AA: “‘Killer’ Trees: Col­li­sions with trees ac­count for one in 12 road deaths”, quot­ing An­drew Howard – the AA Head of Road Safety. I have of­ten thought that the plant­ing of suit­able trees or bushes at the sides of roads would save lives.

Ear­lier this sum­mer on Coun­try­file, the el­der grower Ed­mund Brown was fea­tured. He bred plants in par­tic­u­lar strains that were suit­able for the prod­uct he needed. I sug­gest that this man and oth­ers are ap­proached to find out if it is pos­si­ble to find strains of el­der that have weaker trunks. The rea­sons for this are:

1) It should be pos­si­ble to find or breed a strain of el­der with a weak trunk, which does not cause se­ri­ous in­jury or death when peo­ple run into them when driv­ing cars.

2) If planted far enough from busy roads, the flow­ers would help bees, but­ter­flies and other in­sects.

3) The flow­ers can be made into var­i­ous prod­ucts, such as el­der­flower cor­dial.

4) The fruit, el­der­ber­ries, can be made into wine.

5) The el­der trees would cost less money to prune, com­pared to many other trees.

D Good­win Stock­ton Brook, Stafford­shire

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