Tortworth Chestnut

Today I went in search of some serious tree porn. . . see what I found! Definitely an OMG moment!!

Tortworth Chestnut

179The Tortworth Chestnut (sweet chestnut, Castanea sativa) is thought to have grown from a nut planted in 800 AD. This makes it over 1,000 years old, dating back to Saxon times.

The full beast

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The girth of the main trunk is about 11 metres (36 foot). There are numerous branches which have laid down roots around the mother tree, which are creating a little chestnut copse.

Suckers from the mother tree

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I became aware of this handsome beast after reading Archie Miles’s book “Hidden Trees of Britain”. The Tortworth Chestnut is tucked away in a field, near the church in Tortworth, Gloucestershire.

Close up of the main trunk

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It is a must-see for any tree enthusiasts, I pretty much wet myself when I first caught a glimpse of this amazing, awe-inspiring fella. The photos don’t do him justice but still. . . 🙂

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