But the resulting seed is the Chestnut that is famously roasted at Christmas time. But that’s not it’s only virtue …… An ancient forest craft that still exists in the UK is that of making things out of Chestnut Coppice. For although the tree produces vast quantities of its sweet nuts, its timber is among the longest lasting and most durable timbers that there are. It grows to a useable size quite quickly, splits easily along its grain to make fence rails. Very useful if you are a Roman. It is still harvested in these most modern of times, chiefly in Kent, where there are large acreages of Chestnut coppice growing quietly away. A County where Chestnut Auctions are still held in the Autumn, and skilled craftsmen gather to bid to buy fresh uncut Chestnut Coppice so that they can spend the winter months in the woods, cutting the coppice and making posts and rails and many other things besides.