Dear Lynn, many of the sweet chestnuts or Castanea sativa
were planted by Queen Elizabeth I in the 1500s AD, Many have survived, and are over 450 + years old. This year as you can see there is an abundance of them i.e. NUTS!
They are quite delicious to eat, and they let you pick up any fallen ones. There are untold chestnut trees there, all from some original ones in one area. They do replant more at regular intervals throughout this amazing Royal Park. It was the first ever enclosed Park in the world and I have written Articles on it with many pictures of chestnuts trees.
It is rich in wildlife and is an oasis in southeast London. It also has the Queens House, the Royal Observatory, Roman ruins and of course the National Maritime Museum there.
I will send a few more pictures.
Tons of love from the ex Head gardener N.M.M., Royal Observatory, Royal Arsenal Woolwich, and the Queens House, it was ME!
Plus I designed the Titanic Garden for them!
Picea breweriana or the brewers spruce, a wonderful and unique plant at Greenwich/
The famous Cutty Sark which is a clipper ship that burnt down and has been restored at Greenwich, which is her home. Her sister ship the City of Adelaide has been found and was on the River Thames the other day in front of the Cutty Sark. The City of Adelaide was sent on her mammoth voyage back to Australia, by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip. The City as they call her is to be restored like the Cutty Sark, as she is in poor shape. She is to be towed back, a disgrace for a clipper ship!
Here is Greenwich Lyn. http://garden.org/ideas/view/N...