Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum

Autumnal highlights: A prickly pleasure

Posted: October 25, 2012 at 10:18 am Author: Caroline Bennett

As part of Westonbirt's activities for families this October, Caroline Bennett from our Learning and Participation Team has created a trail of autumnal highlights which will run from 29 October - 2 November. Here are some of the fascinating facts she has researched...

Sweet chestnut leaves and fruit

Sweet Chestnuts start to lose their leaves in September. Like birches and hickories they almost always turn yellow first.

Because the leaves are large they’re a great place to go leaf stomping! Or try catching a falling leaf; apparently it brings good luck.

Sweet chestnuts are popular for another reason. From puddings and cakes to stuffing for our Christmas turkey; their nuts are a treat to eat. Unfortunately our cool climate means the nuts are often too small to eat – but have a careful search; in some years you can strike it lucky!

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