This Easter you can win a set of Bulldog Tools worth £100!

We have three sets of tools available, and the first 100 entrants from the UK will win 5 packets of sunflower seeds each.

To enter, simply answer the following question:

What plant or tree best represents strength and durability, and why?
Put your answer in the comments below and we will choose our favourite three as winners. The closing date for the competition is April 23rd and we will announce the winners on April 26th.

If you are wondering what to do with your sunflower seeds, you might like to know that May 1st isInternational Sunflower Guerilla Gardening Day! This is an annual event designed to brighten up the urban landscape. We’ve donated 500 of our special anniversary seed packets to help them in their cause. To learn more, visit:
www.guerrillagardening.org/ggsunflower.html

Here they are on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=301535539424

Posted in Competitions By Stuart Elsom On 30th March 2010

I’d like to nominate the Fortingall Yew up in Perthshire, Scotland. It’s the oldest known tree in Europe, according to Wikipedia. As well as being a tree that can live a very long time, Yew wood was used to make longbows for English archers. The heartwood, which resists compression, went on the inside of the bow, and the sapwood, which resists stretching, went on the outside.

LUKE B posted on 6th April 2010

I have to agree with John and James. Our native English Oak is the strongest but for tools I think Ash is better. There are so much more uses for ash wood – and its alittle more flexible and can take alot more weight than other woods and alot more knocks and bumps before it starts to mark the wood.
Its used for making joists and chisels and spades. It used to be used to make cart wheels and boat frames and back in history there were plenty of bows and arrows made here with the wood!

ROSIE LEAVESNBLOOM posted on 31st March 2010

John above beat me to it but I have to agree with him: Bulldog = the Oak = strong, reliable and older than anyone can remember!

JAMES INGMAN posted on 31st March 2010

The plant that most represents strength and durability is the plant Salix bos-canis, the bulldog willow. It is very unlike the pussy willow. Like its close relative the whomping willow it needs a highly charged magical environment to do well. It is an under-story shrub which hides behind tree trunks and pounces on unwary strangers. It has never been known to release its grip, even when uprooted

JOE B. LOWE posted on 31st March 2010

The traditional tree representing strength and durability to a Brit is the English Oak: Quercus robur – robur means ‘strength’ and ‘hard’ referring to the -timber – Historically oak timber formed our wooden wall of ships that protected England from King Alfred’s time onward until the advent of iron ships in the 19th Century. However, the oak’s main characteristic is summarized by the saying that “an oak dies on its feet while all other trees fall” when they die. They live a long time, many of the trees of our landscapes were around in Saxon times. There are older oaks in Europe but the Oak is as particularly British to the point of being called the “English Oak” JB

JOHN BARRS posted on 30th March 2010

Ground Elder – there’s absolutely nothing you can do to destroy it.

LUCY CORRANDER posted on 30th March 2010

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