Markington is a village in Yorkshire, in the vicinity of Studley Park, the ruins of Fountains Abbey and close to Fountains Hall. Markington was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086, as Merchinton, but there are barrows in the area which were made in the Bronze Age, so the area has a long history of human habitation. At that time there was a hunting lodge in the middle of the ancient Forest of Knareswood, close to where the present Markington Hall now stands.
The original Markington Hall was built by Henry de Markington between 1285 and 1309, but this was refurbished in Renaissance times so much so that the only original parts are the six feet thick wall next to the fireplace in the large hall. Copper Beech Glade is in the grounds of the Hall, where there are ancient oaks, birch, sycamores and naturally enough, copper beeches.
British beech trees
The beech tree is related to oak trees and the sweet chestnut tree, and it does have edible nuts in autumn, although beech nuts are quite bitter and toxic too, so you shouldn’t be tempted to eat too many of them; leave them for the squirrels and smaller rodents to feast on. You can roast then grind the nuts and use the powder as a coffee substitute, and the leaves and tender young shoots can be eaten in a mixed salad in times of absolute necessity. You can also use parts of the tree for medicinal purposes, as a hot poultice of the leaves is said to be good for getting rid of headaches. Scientists have discovered that there are lignans in the bark of beech trees; these have powerful antioxidant properties and are also found in pumpkin seeds, flax seeds and broccoli, as well as other foodstuffs.
We know that this is an ancient species of tree as pollen from its catkins (flowers) has been found in fossils from the Pleistocene period. The trees can grow to great heights and are shade trees, letting little light into the wood they grow in. Beech forests are dark places, so care should be taken when going through them. You wouldn’t want to trip over a tree root, jolt your head while falling and end up suffering a whiplash injury in Markington, would you?
Whiplash injury in Markington
In order to make a claim for a whiplash injury in Markington or elsewhere, you have to be able to prove that the accident was not your fault. You wouldn’t be able to make a claim for a whiplash injury in Markington if you fell over a tree root, as there isn’t, in that case, a person to make a claim against.
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Date Published: 11th June 2014