Ancient trees at Croft Castle and Parkland

There is a wealth of veteran trees at Croft, all with their own legend to tell. In fact, the Croft estate is one of the top ten sites in the country for the quality and diversity of ancient trees.

From the 1,000 year oak to the row of Spanish chestnuts, these majestic trees offer a glimpse of the history of the parkland. Trees of this age are rare in Europe and Croft is particularly lucky to have so many survivors. There is an oak tree which is dated from 1,000 years ago. It is protected by a sheltered position near a quarry and is still a healthy tree but one that we treat gently and with great respect.

Near to the Castle is the Spanish chestnut avenue which was the original formal approach to the Castle. Aerial views of the avenue show lines and clumps of these trees which could represent a battle. The story told is that the chestnuts were taken from captured Spanish vessels during the battle of the Spanish Armada (1588) and planted at Croft between 1580 and 1680 and represent the formal battle plan of the ships at the Armada.

In this video, take a walk through the ancient sweet chestnut avenue at Croft.