About the Tree
Birch grows rapidly, having
a rotation of about 40 years - about the same as sitka spruce.
The bark contains a compund
called betulin, which seems to be able to specifically target
and kill cancer cells in humans. This is being researched
A COFORD funded research project, "Pilot
Study for the Improvement of Irish Birch", by Niamh O'Dowd
in 2001describes a stand of naturally regenerated birch at
Lisnavagh as follows: "One of the best stands observed
in this study in terms of quality."
About the Wood
Birch timber is pale and
fine-grained. Heartwood & Sapwood look similar in colour.
It is comparable with oak & beech in terms of strength
and density. It's strength-to-weight ratio is actually more
than any other native hardwood species, and most softwoods
The timber is suitable for furniture,
doors, flooring, turning, veneer, aircraft fittings, toys,
skis, musical instruments, food packaging, clogs