Priestgate

Sweet Chestnut or Spanish Chestnut

 

Castanea sativa

A very large tree up to 30 metres plus tall. Historically coppiced and used to make very durable fence posts and arris rail on site in the forest. Known also for producing sweet chestnuts – much loved when roasted at an outside winter event.

Flowering after it comes into leaf

Quite visually noticeable when they flower all over the tree, but with a very distinctive scent like Ivy flowers and reminiscent of scouring powder

Flowers turning to chestnuts

The well known Sweet Chestnut

Attractive leaf colour in autumn

A give-away identification tip for winter walks – the spiral bark on older trees