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.
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.