The Horse Chestnut is a common sight in English parklands, very large, long-lived and majestic.
In May Horse Chestnut trees produce large quantities white scented flowers, which are long-lasting and very attractive to bees for nectar and pollen. These flowers are also a good source of propolis or bee-glue, a resin-like material which bees use to construct their hives, and has long been used by man for its medicinal and anti-inflammatory properties.
In the autumn the tree produces nuts encased in green husks, popular with children for playing "conkers". Unlike the un-related but quite similar Spanish Chestnut (or Sweet Chestnut), Horse Chestnut nuts are toxic and should not be eaten or cooked.