Aesculus hippocastanum - exotic
This tree was planted in the 1960s along with a great variety of both native and exotic species. The horse chestnut comes from Southern Europe and attains heights of 20–30m with a canopy spread often in proportion.
The familiar fruit or 'conker' develops in the autumn when the large leaves turn golden to brown. The highlight of the year is in early spring as the tree produces an abundance of white and pink flowers.
The closely related red horse chestnut (Aesculus x carnea) also enchants the park. This is a natural hybrid and produces deep red flowers at about the same time of year.