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Laurel logs

Hi, I am building a wildlife pond and want to put logs around the edge as a shelter for frogs, newts, insects. I've been given some really nice logs, lovely shapes, I know they are laurel but don't know if they are from a Portuguese or cherry laurel. I know the leaves and fruit are toxic to insects etc but can anyone tell me if the wood is? I obviously don't want to poison anything in the pond! image


  • Lily PillyLily Pilly Central southern Scotland Posts: 3,845

    Sorry Glennith no idea. Maybe woodman will come up with an answer

    Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”
    A A Milne
  • in cherry laurel the wood contains various nasty's, personally I wouldn't risk it.

    It might be best to do a stumpery sort of feature away from the water?

  • dave125dave125 Posts: 178

    I cleared a lot of Laurel, unsure which type, two years ago and still have the logs. I did hear that burning them released cyanide but if they were weathered for 12 months it all goes. Don't know if that's true. In the meantime they're being used by wildlife including a Polecat!

  • You are lucky dave125 to have a polecat visiting! I think I will err on the side of caution and follow treehugger's advice, stumpery/seatery coming up. Thanks folks.

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