Here’s another monkey puzzle tree with a well clad trunk, the branches being retained lower down. It’s in the grounds of Allerton Towers, where the remains of a mansion can be found. It was home to the slaving families the Earles. No doubt this fine specimen was planted in the late 1800s as a display of their wealth and also as an exotic collectors item.
This would have been at the front of the house and made a impression to visitors. Pictured here with me and my friend Mandy visiting from Perth in Western Australia – where monkey puzzle trees don’t grow.