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Warley Place Sweet Chestnut

This tree is one of a group of seven reputedly planted by John Evelyn who was a well known horticulturalist and arborealist at Warley Place an Essex

26 October 2007

This tree is one of a group of seven reputedly planted by John Evelyn who was a well known horticulturalist and arborealist at Warley Place in Essex, which is now a Wildlife Trust nature reserve.

Evelyn bought the lease to Warley Place in 1649 so if he planted these trees they are about 350 years old. At the moment however, the exact date of when the trees were planted is something of a mystery!

The last occupant of the house was a Miss Ellen Willmott, who sadly died in 1934 and as a result of which the gardens were left neglected for many years. Thankfully the gardens have now been restored to their former glory.

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Warley Place sweet chestnut. Photo David Martin