Thicket Priory Trees
Bladder Nut tree
This large shrub is from the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia where it grows at high altitude .This elegant shrub is rare in the UK. The white flower buds smell good enough to eat, sort of a cross between orange blossom and vanilla. In the past they were harvested in the wild and the flower buds were fermented and eaten. The seeds were also washed and packed in salt and olive oil and eaten all year round like pistachios.
The Caucasian Wingnut came from the Elborz Mountains in Northern Iran in 1782. It is normally only found in specialist gardens. There is an excellent specimen in the Cambridge Botanical gardens. It is a very large tree that grows over 80feet tall and it has leaves that are over 2feet long. In early summer it produces eye-catching green catkins up to 2 feet long. The fruit develops later in the summer and resembles a long string of beads.
California Coast Redwood Tree
Thought to be the tallest growing tree in the world one has reached more than 367 feet. The Redwood at thicket is still relatively small at only 100 feet .
The Black Walnut
The Black Walnut was brought to England from Vermont in 1656. It is not frequently and usually confined to the south of England. It has been shown that there are many medicinal uses for the bark, leaves, husks, and nuts of black walnut, including its utility as a mosquito repellent, a dermatological aid, an antidiarrheal, a laxative, and an anthelminthic. In one form or another, this species has been used to relieve the symptoms of fever, kidney ailments, gastrointestinal disturbances, ulcers, toothache, syphilis, and snake bite, among others.
Western science has shown that the fruit husks of the black walnut contain juglone – a compound that inhibits bacterial and fungal growth, and may be valuable in controlling dermal, mucosal and oral infections in humans. It is also being tested for its anticancer properties.
Timber from the black walnut is very attractive and very valuable. It is a strong and naturally durable wood, and the heartwood shows desirable mottled effects.
It polishes to a high shine and is therefore used by craftsmen around the world for high-end furniture and ornaments.
The nuts can be eaten but they have a bitter taste if picked when the casing has hardened. It is better to extract the nut from the tree whilst the husk is still green and then dry the nut, to ensure it is not rubbery, before eating.
The seeds also give out a dark coloured dye which is still used in craft.