Posted: 21/04/2014 at 13:32
The link between Laburnum and schools is that many schools had one in the playground; it is a good urban tree, though you have many, many trees of it in farm hedgerows too. Apparently when fence posts were not available in the War, laburnum branches were used instead (can this be true?) and they took root.
I digress. Laburnam seeds in tempting (at least to primary-school children) pods are very toxic. Yet I have never heard of children being poisoned. Training children never to eat anything in the garden unless they check with an adult first is the way to go.
That never stopped us pinching peas, strawberries and raspberries from the garden though!