Sweet chestnuts grow throughout our woodland: they produce edible nuts in extremely spiky cases.
The bark, nut cases and leaves are easily identified.
It is common for the grooves and ridges in the bark of the sweet chestnut to follow a spiral pattern which twists around the trunk of the tree.
The flowers open in late June – July when the male catkins (15-25cm long) release their pollen.
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