Botanists have recently discovered a new species of pine tree found to be growing near the Arctic Circle. Similar to other types of Northern Scandinavian pine, it also has a very tight grain and high density but has a very unusual characteristic in that the trees grow horizontally.

“I first discovered the Logcabinus Horizontalus whilst conducting a field study of Scandinavian pine”, said expert tree hugger Edward Knot. “It’s quite amazing how they grow long ways – I was gobsmacked when I first came across them but the really amazing part is that they grow in quite boggy terrain which on closer inspection turned out to be a kind of wood preservative”.

Logging and several tests have since been carried out on the new species, resulting in a timber which due to its origins makes excellent straight log lengths and which is already preserved.

“The log cabin industry is about to be revolutionised”, said spokeswoman Twiggy Branch. “Not only can we grow the horizontal trees to whichever log thickness is required (45 and 55 mm being the most popular) but we are experimenting with the ground in which they grow. At the moment we are producing timbers that are already preserved in various shades of brown, but by adding a dye to the soil we’re hoping to produce an opaque finish in shades of blue and green, maybe even a bright red…it really is exciting stuff!”.

Logging takes place in well managed forests that support a programme of sustainable replanting but there is also a DIY version available for anyone who maybe a keen Aborist. Write in to us here at Keops and we will provide you with some Logcabinus Horizontalus seeds which you simply plant in a tin of wood preservative (colour of your choice).