Friday, February 5, 2016

Bishop Auckland's magnificent Spanish chestnuts


Some more pictures of the wonderful Spanish chestnuts Castanea sativa in Auckland Park, Bishop Auckland, County Durham that were described in the Guardian Country Diary yesterday.




























Not dead yet! Still has living branches that will sprout leaves in spring.






















There's a small bird-sown holly tree growing amongst the branches of this one.

















The largest bole of a venerable but healthy tree. Spanish chestnuts can live for 400 years.






















Winter buds





Flowers and foliage.



Shiny, edible seeds with spiny husks.

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