Chestnutting- One of my best early memories is of going to the local woods to gather bags and bags of chestnuts every autumn, and I did it again the other day. Sweet Chestnut trees, introduced to the UK by the Romans from their native southern Europe, seem to have a good crop this year. The lovely, deeply fissured trunks, which twist and spiral when they grow old, are also a delight. The biggest girth ever recorded for any tree was a Sweet Chestnut, recorded in Sicily with a girth of a staggering 204 feet (62 metres)! While I love eating the nuts raw or roasted, they have been ground for flour and even ground for starch for laundry in parts of Europe. Conditions: A cool and dry, cloudy day, a little more seasonal following exceptionally warm
weather. Temperature: Max 11- Min 9c.