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Spanish Sweet Chestnut
These trees were probably introduced into the wood as a food source by the Romans.  They are not native to the UK, and it is now rare to be able to harvest the nuts as the introduced Grey Squirrels invariably get there first!  If you are lucky enough to find a cobs, it is usually diseased as the Greys have already had the best pickings.
The timber from the Spanish Sweet Chestnut is full of tannins and as such is suitable for making long lasting benches and seats which are used extensively throughout the woods.

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