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The Guardian - UK
The Guardian - UK

This old chestnut is a relative newcomer to Wrexham’s oak town

The tree of the year in Acton Park, Wrexham.
The tree of the year in Acton Park, Wrexham. Photograph: Hannah Farnell/The Woodland Trust

As ancient as Wrexham’s chestnut tree might be, it is clearly a relative newcomer to this part of the world (Wrexham’s 480-year-old sweet chestnut crowned tree of the year, 18 October). Acton Park, where it lies, takes its name from the Anglo-Saxon “oak town”. And no, this isn’t just an old chestnut.
Bill Britell
Shrewsbury, Shropshire

• This award does not augur well for the Wrexham sweet chestnut in the light of the Sycamore Gap and Cubbington Pear atrocities. Could a webcam be set up to prevent a Wrexham chainsaw massacre?
Tom Brown
Newbury, Berkshire

• I’m not sure if I’ve ever been called intellectually superior before; if so, it probably wasn’t because I’ve no interest in what others have for breakfast (My favourite fetish? Diving into the food secrets of strangers, 15 October).
Cherry Weston

• Pals are not the only people you lose as you grow old (Anita Chaudhuri, 17 October). My address book is so full of crossed-out B&Bs, joiners, electricians, and retired plumbers that I have had to get a new one.
Margaret Squires
St Andrews, Fife

• My favourite Huddersfield description was that of a tall lanky youth as “nobbut a gret streak o’ pump watter” (Letters, 18 October).
Alan Rigby
Taunton, Somerset

• Nick Pattinson says a game requires an opponent (Letters, 17 October). He has obviously not played patience or solitaire.
Ed Foster

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