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Safe trees for gyms and play trees?

I read the sticky and looked around. Couldn't really find much of what i was looking for.

Grandpa and I were planning on heading out to our cabin which is 'in' the forest.
There's lots and lots of pine, there's also birch.
We live in Sweden.

Near the doc's clinic where I live, they have a bunch of apple trees there.
LOADS. They're old and i don't think they produce any apples anymore.
Would it be safe if branches were taken off, to then build a playtree with it?
If so, how would i go about disinfecting branches/sticks that are too big to boil? Stick them in the oven on high temp or warm water and vinegar and scrub scrub scrub?

I would like to keep the bark on though, so the birdie could chew on it, or is that completely unnecessary since there'll be plenty of chew toys and stuff around?

I'm unsure wether I'd be able to get branches though, otherwise, birch trees from the forest would be quite possible since grandpa has a saw.

I just realised, how on earth am I supposed to get branches from a damn pine tree? They're so damn tall ...
So I'm guessing I'm mostly gonna use birch wood, if not only birch wood. Depends on your say on the apple trees and if I'm even able to get any branches off of them.
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I was just thinking, i could buy a small tree that has loads of branches and stuff.
Just gotta call and check the pricing first haha.
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For disinfecting, soak the branches in a bath tub of hot water for a few hours, then when they still damp put them in the oven on low heat for about 45 mins to an hour. No need to scrub.

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Yeah but most, if not all have rope on them as well and a lot of them have plastic objects on them, one or two with leather straps and a few with metal bells.

Would that change anything?

EDIT: I was thinking of the wrong thread! My apologies!
Even stuff that has been close to streets and stuff? I'm planning on going to a garden place tomorrow if I have some spare time, apparently they have some cheap stuff, big house plants as well as young fruit trees.
I'll start with the trees.
Just browse around and see what they have.

Would it be alright if i wrote down what trees they have here, as well as the big indoor plants so people could tell me wether they're safe or not.
I know they have a lot of apple trees, a LOT, but different kinds, but they all have the same latin names, so they should all be safe, or am i wrong?
They have cherry trees too, fig trees, pear trees, plum, apricot, peach etc. Those are just some i found on the website.

So i'll write down a list of all the trees they have, and you can tell me which ones are safe, if that's okay. (i'll probably buy a big house plant once the bird is tame enough instead of right away)

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Sebastian if you go to this thread there are links to sites that will give you safe and unsafe plants and trees.
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