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The Balmerino Sweet Chestnut

Balmerino, Fife

Recorded by: Not specified

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  • Trees of National Special Interest (TNSI)

About the tree

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Species:
Sweet chestnutCastanea sativa
Form:
Maiden
Standing or fallen:
Standing
Living status:
Alive
Girth:
6.30m at a height of 1.50m
Veteran status:
Ancient tree

Location of tree

County:
Fife
Country:
Scotland
Grid reference:
NO3587124676
Public accessibility:
Public - restricted access
Surroundings:
Churchyard

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  • Legend has it that this tree was planted by Queen Ermengarde in 1229 at the foundation of the abbey, but the National Trust for Scotland cored the tree and in 1988 found it 400-435 years old. This makes an alternative tradition that it was planted by Mary Queen of Scots possible, but there is no evidence for this. The Heritage Trees of Scotland consider it may be the second oldest sweet chestnut in the UK with a known planting date.

  • This tree is my sanctuary. You can sit high in her branches gazing west down the Tay as the sun sets and image all the change she has witnessed over the centuries. There is an aura of calm beneath her elderly arms - hugging this tree is like getting a good warm cuddle from your granny!

  • This may be the tree mentioned in the 'List of Remarkable Trees' appendix to "The planter's kalendar (1812)" which describes "a Chesnut tree in an old garden at Balmerino, the bole of which measures 15 feet"

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The Balmerino Sweet Chestnut

Balmerino, Fife

Recorded by: Not specified

About the tree

Species:
Sweet chestnut
Form:
Maiden
Standing or fallen:
Standing
Living status:
Alive
Girth:
6.30m at a height of 1.50m
Condition:
Holes or water pockets, Decaying wood in the crown
Veteran status:
Ancient tree
Tree number:
180
Local or historic name:
The Balmerino Sweet Chestnut

Location of tree

County:
Fife
Country:
Scotland
Grid reference:
NO3587124676
Public accessibility:
Public - restricted access
Surroundings:
Churchyard
Ancient tree site:
--
Woodland Trust wood:
No

Wildlife

Epiphytes:
Lichen, Moss
Fungi:
--
Invertebrates:
--
Bats:
--

Recorded by

Recorded by:
Not specified
Recording organisation:
--
Recorded on:
31/03/2007