Sweet chestnut coppice and pollard

“Decaying beech with bracket fungiThis sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa) has been coppiced, producing three main trunks, and later pollarded, creating multiple shoots where cut. Sadly this historically interesting specimen is succumbing to Phytophora, a fungal infection recognisable by dark stains on the bark, whose mycelium ‘girdle’ the tree until it can no longer respire or circulate nutrients.

photo: © Fran Halsall