I have just posted a note on another thread re native trees and this has just reminded me of a local unusual tree. Sorbus Torminalis or Wild Service Tree. This is an unusual and rare tree although I have come across it in Ashdown Forest too. and no doubt it appears in other parts of the UK. It bears fruit called 'Chequers' and these resemble small olives.(foragers note) I have read that these were used as childrens sweets in mediaeval times. They were gathered and left to partially rot producing a sweet and probably pulpy exterior. I really should remember to put money where mouth is and try this and probably poison myself in the meantime! There are two veteran (1704) trees near me and 11 now planted locally for future generations to enjoy. I tried for years to grow a sapling from the seed and failed so finally used a sucker. I also cheated and bought some from our nursery suppliers.