Wonderful Willow

6a01156fa075f4970c0133f1e2b680970b• The bark of the Willow tree contains salicylic acid, used to make Asprin; it also has other medicinal uses from anti-inflammatory properties to relieving heartburn and stomach ailments.

• The Willow has great literature gravitas; taking centre stage in Wind in the Willows and also having major roles in Hamlet and even Harry Potter’s adventures.

• Botanists admit the Willow family are a puzzling group; there are over 90 distinct types of Willow in the UK alone.

• Some of the arctic (pictured) and alpine species of Willow barely reach 2” in height though provide excellent ground cover

Lynne Allbutt – From the Archive.

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