The Woodland Trust purchased Guestling Wood last year. On the Trust’s website
I found this intriguing article.
“Mystery fruit tree foundThe Hastings Botany Group discovered a very unusual tree while conducting a botanical survey at Guestling Wood in Sussex. Members of the group were most surprised to come across a Medlar tree (Mespilus germanica) in the woodland.
Dave Bonsall, woodland officer for the wood, said: The tree was discovered near a Scout hut. It is quite an unassuming little tree, only about 10ft high, so could easily have been missed. It is not believed to be native to the UK and being a fruit tree, doesnâ€™t normally grow in the wild - so it is quite an oddity to find it here
The Medlarâ€™s normal range is south-east Europe to western Asia, although it has been cultivated for centuries beyond its normal range. The trees are dark in appearance, with contorted trunks, and solitary wild flowers on the branches.
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