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Colin Varndell’s Wildlife Year – Sweet Chestnut

The sweet chestnut is not a native tree to Britain, but was probably introduced by the Romans due to its prolific edible fruit. The nuts are protected by a spiny sheath, which splits open in late autumn like this one, found in Thorncombe Wood.

SWEET CHESTNUTS Castanea sativa

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