This page contains specific information about sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa) '3461', which can be found on the private property of Croft Castle in Yarpole (county of Powys).This tree is called "Armada Chestnuts". The largest chestnut in the main east avenue was measured by Andy Gordon for the Ancient Tree Hunt in 2010. These lines of chestnuts are called 'Armada Chestnuts' because there is a legend that they were raised from nuts found in the pocket of a Spanish sailor wrecked during the attempted Armada invasion in 1588. Most of the legends clustering around old trees are far-fetched; this one is fetched further than most.
The growth rate shown in the table shows the yearly average increase in girth since the last measurement. This value only gives an indication of the growth rate, since every measurement could be done at slightly different heights and during different periods of the year.
Its height is not known. This tree was planted around the year 1600 ± 10, which makes it around 414 ± 10 years old (Henk van Boeschoten, Oct 1, 2011).
Girth growth rateThe girth was measured more than once:
|Year||Girth@1.3 m||Girth@1.5 m||Measurement||Girth growth rate|
|1997||8.80 m||?||Jeroen Philippona||-|