Chestnut trees in bloom

A photo of Flower of the Sweet Chesnut tree
Flower of the Sweet Chestnut tree (Castanea Sativa)

Walkers on the guided walk from Whitemead were able to appreciate the effect on the tree canopy of the chestnut trees in full flower.

Seen from a viewpoint, patches of a lighter shade of green are imparted by the flowering chestnut trees giving the distant canopy a subtle mottled effect at this time of year.

Later the guests were able to see some young trees at close quarters from the Family Cycle Trail.

Chestnut trees were reportedly introduced to Britain to provide the Roman army with porridge which could be made from the ground down nuts.