Castanea sativa – Sweet Chestnut

Sweet Chestnut can grow to 30 metres in height and is self fertile, hardy to zone 5.

Probably introduced to Britain by the Romans who made flour from the nuts.In good years an excellent crop can be harvested, nothing quite like roast chestnuts at Xmas time.

A hair shampoo can be made from the leaves and the skins of the fruits. It imparts a golden gleam to the hair.The wood is hard, strong and light. It is used for carpentry, turnery, props, basketry, fence posts etc. A very good fuel.

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Maria is currently growing everything from seed that she can lay her hands on. Also playing with colours and textures to fulfill her garden desires...