An occasional photo-diary about the natural world, trees, woodlands and bonsai.
Monday, 5 April 2010
The Tortwort Chestnut
The sweet chestnut, Castaneasativa, south of St. Leonard's at Tortworth (South Gloucestershire), is probably 1000 years old (give or take a few hundred years). All the trunks around the main trunk are layered branches and new growth from the roots. The tree is still thriving and fruits each year. St Leonard's itself (in the background of this comparatively young oak) was built in the latter part of the 15th Century.