Birch Polypore

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Birch Polypore grows as a bracket like fungus on Birch trees.

The clean white flesh has anti-bacterial qualities and can be used as an emergency field dressing for wounds.

Here is a demonstration given by Alex while we were in the Ashdown Forest:

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Cut the bracket from the tree, making sure it isn’t too old and shrivelled.

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Cut a rectangle into the white flesh and gently lift the piece off, just less than a centimetre below the surface.


Take the rectangle, apply the spongy inner surface to the wound and bind it on with whatever cord or stringy plant you can find.

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This will help you to keep the wound clean and protected until you can find a more permanent dressing and some wound healing herbs.

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