A dear friend posted a photo of the trees at Croft Castle. 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 Castle near Leominster between 1580 and 1680 and represent the formal battle plan of the ships at the Armada. It is utterly amazing to me that these old creatures are still alive and well. I never knew they existed until I saw Casi's post. So of course I had to draw them!
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