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TREES OF BRECON AND RADNOR." First Prize Essay. The oak and the ash are very great favourites in both counties and are very plentiful, the oaks of Abbey-Cwmhir, Harpton and Pencerrig being spe- cially famous. The Radnorshire and Breconshire valleys are generally>well wooded with larch, ash, and fir plantations, especially below Builth. The most interesting of all trees are the yews of Glasbury, Old Radnor and other places. Glas- bury is surrounded with trees and orchards. Both counties have some very good timber. There are 11,567 acres of woodland in Radnorshire. This county in olden days had no less than four royal forests, which were used for hunting the deer. Radnorshire has many cider fruit trees, and grows the fruit to the amount of 690 acres, this being the third greatest apple acreage in Wales, coming next to Monmouth- and Brecon. The trees, large and small, oak, birch or mountain ash, all grow bent to the east and north east, as the result of continuous west and south 'west winds. The abundance of trees helps to keep the cold winds from the valleys. A writer says of the Edwy, "It bears the message of the wood nymphs. from Radnorian forests to the Wye." On both the Breconshire and Radnorshire sides of the Wye the woodland scenery is most beautiful. It is thought by some to be the prettiest in the coun- try, especially about this time when the leaves are changing into beautiful autumn tints. The val- leys of the two counties are admirably suitable for the growth of small fruit. Oak, elm, beech, sycamore and ash are the most numerous of the Breconshire trees, but there are also numbers of poplars and birches. Yews are a very large size and of a considerable age. In olden days bows were made from the yew trees. Cedars are also plentiful in both coun- ties.—Mary Wackett, Ffynnon-Gynydd School, Glasbury-on-Wye, aged 13. Second, Prize Essay. I The beautiful scenery of Breconshire and Rad- norshire is largely due to the wooded slopes and variety of trees which grow in these two counties, and at no time of the year is this more apparent ttfan at the present time, when the leaves of the trees have changed into the glorious autumn tints and present pictures of perfect beauty. The most important of the trees in these counties is the oak, es is the oak, -which is .the "king" of English trees, and from the heart of which, as the poets have .sung, our gallant ships were once made. "Hearts of oak are our ships" I Nowadays they are made of iron and steel. The stately oak trees are to be found in the woods and forests of Breconshire and Radnorshire. The ash, too, grows in abundance, and there are two kinds- the weeping ash and the mountain ash. The mountain ash has beautiful berries..The wood of the ash is much used by the whed- wright, coach-builder and cabinet-maker. An- other of our trees is the birch, which is a verv hardy one. Coach-builders use it for the bodies of carriages. The 'beech is another of our trees, and has very pretty leaves. One of the most import- ant of trees is the hazel. This grows in great abundance and is used by the farmers for fencing purposes-for the making of those hedges which are so cleverly done by the farmers of these coun- ties. Other trees include the elm, the elder, the willow, the poplar, the horse-chestnut, the hollv, the sycamore and the cone-bearirig trees, such as the pine and the fir. In our churchyards also grows the yew tree. Then we have the fruit trees, such as the apple, plum, pear, walnut, sweet chestnut and cherry.—Eleanor G. Evans, Council School, Upper Chapel, aged 11. Third Prize Essay. The trees of Brecon and Radnor are numerous and varied. A few of the chief specimens are the oak, ash, beech, ehn. birch. Scotch pine, yew and holly. The most important part of a tree is the trunk, which is protected by the bark. The Oak. This tree is so large and strong that it is called the Monarch of the Forest." Every- one knows the oak, whether in fruit or without it. The leaves of this tree are oval in shape, and their edges deeply notched. The oak tree yields valuable timber for ship-building, furniture, car- pentry and coffins. "Hearts of oak are our ships— jolly tars arc our men." Never were these lines more appropriate than at the present national crisis. The Ash. This tree is next to the oak in strength, toughness and elasticity. It is greatly used by the wheelwright for making the spokes of his wheels. It is also called the "Venus of the Forest. The Beech. The bark of the bpech is smooth, but the wood is tough and close-grained. It is greatly used for cogs of mill,-wlieelsi!. The Elm. This tree is anotheii very useful wood. It is very tough and does n4t easily split. Because this wood lasts longer than any other wood under fhe water, it is used for making the planks of ships. The Birch. The birch is sufficiently distin- guished by the graceful tenderness of all its parts. Scotch Pine. Turpentine is obtained from Scotch pine. Yew. Yew trees are prevalent in churchyards. Some say that they are sacred to the Druids and their followers. Again, we have some ibeautiful fruit trees, namely, apple, pear, plum, cherry and damson.



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