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Horse Chestnut is UK's favourite tree

Poignant memories of playing conkers may have contributed to the Horse Chestnut being crowned the UK's favourite tree.

The tree, which was introduced into Britain from Turkey in the 16th century, won over 25 per cent of the vote in a poll of 2,500 people carried out by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB).

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The Horse Chestnut beat 14 other trees to the top spot, including the Elder and Ash.

The Silver Birch came in second place with nearly 15 per cent of the vote, while the English Oak was third with about nine per cent.

Speaking to the Telegraph, St John Burkett, an organiser of the annual World Conker Championships, in Northamptonshire, said: "The Horse Chestnut is a beautiful looking tree and people associate it with the countryside, although it is found everywhere.

"People think back to their childhood and collecting conkers, which is magic - they are just absolutely beautiful things."

There are over 470,000 Horse Chestnut trees in Britain. Highlighting the importance and beauty of trees, Dr Laura Bellingan FRSB, the RSB's director of policy and public affairs, said: "They provide us with cleaner air, building materials, food and fuel, flood management; they are home to a wide range of wildlife, from insects to mammals; and they are beautiful.

"Urban trees can brighten up our cities, whilst many woodlands are beneficial and relaxing environments for thousands of visitors."

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