Stone Pine

Pinus pinnea

A native of the Eastern Mediterranean, Stone Pine is a species which may be suitable for the future climate of southern England with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters.

The timber is very valuable, being strong it is used in construction as well as for furniture making.  The nuts of stone pine are used as an edible crop across the eastern Mediterranean and the species has been the subject of conservation efforts to ensure continuity of supply.  The resin and bark are also used in tanning.

Stone pine is also widely used in coastal protection as it is one of the few trees which can thrive on such sandy soil; its root structure help bind sandy soils together reducing the effects of erosion and protecting land for agricultural use.