Sweet Chestnut, Castanea sativa
Early 18th Century
The old tree between the Stable Yard and the Lake is thought to be one of the oldest trees in the gardens, dating back to the early 18th century, possibly late 17th. Sweet Chestnuts were a favourite tree of the time and many were planted by Charles Bridgeman - a famous garden designer of the time who is credited with starting the English Landscape Movement and who worked on the site.
There is evidence to suggest that this tree is a remnant of woodland plantings along the edge of the Kew estate and Love Lane which divided the Kew and Richmond estates. There is one particular specimen demonstrating clearly the spiralling effect on the trunk and others following pollarding at various stages of their life showing great character in their shape and form.
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