Sweet chestnut, Castanea sativa
The nuts are delicious, prick skins and roast in the oven or near and open fire. They are great in soups, pickled, candied or even in a stuffing.
When and where to find it:
The nuts grow in Autumn, usually around October time. They were introduced by the Romans. Usually grow in Woodlands, large gardens and parks. Mostly found in the South of England.
The tree can grow up to 35m. It has spiralled, grooved bark, shiny green in colour. The nuts are encased in spikey shells which can be opened to reveal the deep brown shiny nuts. Not to be confused with conkers!
Paul has had an interest in the outdoors since he was a young kid. Walking, tracking and exploring the wilderness around him, from disused overgrown railway lines to the vast wilderness of the UK national parks. Over the last few years Paul has honed his skills into specific areas of bushcraft and survival. He is an expert in map reading, shelter building and knots, traps and fishing.