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“Fraxinus” A celebration of fire

Event Date: 20 January 2018

Event Category: Workshop

A winter-time celebration of the meaning of Ash’s latin name, which means “firelight”. Ash was traditionally used as a yule log (sometimes in the form of a faggot bundle) and burns brightly, for a long time – green or seasoned. We will use ash that has been coppiced to teach wild fire lighting and fire building skills, and use it to warm spiced apple drinks.

The Firewood Poem

Beechwood fires are bright and clear
If the logs are kept a year,
Chestnut’s only good they say,
If for logs ’tis laid away.
Make a fire of Elder tree,
Death within your house will be;
But ash new or ash old,
Is fit for a queen with crown of goldBirch and fir logs burn too fast
Blaze up bright and do not last,
it is by the Irish said
Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread.
Elm wood burns like churchyard mould,
E’en the very flames are cold
But ash green or ash brown
Is fit for a queen with golden crownPoplar gives a bitter smoke,
Fills your eyes and makes you choke,
Apple wood will scent your room
Pear wood smells like flowers in bloom
Oaken logs, if dry and old
keep away the winter’s cold
But ash wet or ash dry
a king shall warm his slippers by.

The firewood poem was written by Celia Congreve, is believed to be first published in THE TIMES newspaper on March 2nd 1930. © by owner. provided at no charge for educational purposes

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This workshop delivered in partnership with the North West Kent Countryside Partnership

Event Information


20 January 2018




100 Year Wood, Horton Kirby

Meeting Place

100 Year Wood, Horton Kirby


The Ash Project

Organiser Contact Details

Madeleine Hodge
Project Manager
Tel: 01303 815170