Green Fingers I Wish

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Now this IS an old tree!

Now this IS an old tree! It`s in Kew Gardens.

Sweet Chestnut, Castanea sativa

Early 18th Century

The old tree between the Stable Yard and the Lake is thought to be one of the oldest trees in the gardens, dating back to the early 18th century, possibly late 17th.

There are several specimens in this location, considered to be the remnants of an old avenue to Richmond Lodge, which was occupied by George II. There is one particular specimen demonstrating clearly the spiralling effect on the trunk and others following pollarding at various stages of their life showing great character in their shape and form.


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