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Common Alder (Alnus glutinosa) is a wetland species ranging from Siberia to N. Africa
Its wood has been utilised for millennia in water management, clog-making and coppicing. The wood has the advantage of being water resistant but light.
It is beneficial to nearby species as its roots can break up wet, compacted soil and convert nitrogen
It can reach 25m with up to 1m thick stems
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