When I heard about a 300 year old walnut tree growing in a field close to where I live, I grabbed my camera, measuring tape, wellies and husband and headed for the door!
You don’t see many old walnut trees… in fact I haven’t seen that many walnut trees full-stop.
Standing in the pretty village of Sturminster Marshall, near to the banks of the river Stour, this tree really is something to behold. It’s girth measures a whopping 4 metres 8 centimetres (the photo doesn’t do it justice!), and although it was badly damaged in the storms of 1987 it still seems to be doing well.
Pollarding of some of it’s branches took place recently to encourage new growth, which judging by the twigs at the top of the tree seems to have worked well.
Like most old trees it has many hollow branches and a hollow trunk. It also has some pretty strange fungi growing on it, which I haven’t been able to identify yet.
Fungi on the Walnut Tree
Luckily the locals of Sturminster Marshall love this tree so much that the field it stands in has been designated a local nature reserve (LNR). Hopefully this should ensure it’s protection for many years to come, but just to be on the safe side I will be adding it to the Ancient Tree Hunt database.
I for one will be back to see it in all it’s splendour in the Spring and maybe to collect some walnuts in the Autumn!