John Evelyn pronounced that ‘[Walnuts] render most graceful avenues to our country dwellings’ and Hale preferred English Walnut to Black for its fruit, though it is slower growing.

English Walnut is a good tree with a fine pale bark, and it has valuable wood, but the great parkland plantings of walnut tend to pre-date the virtuous and versatile Capability Brown. In fact I would find it hard to point to any parkland English Walnut and say that it was Brown’s. On the other hand Charles Bridgeman used the tree a good deal, at Wimpole and Langleys for example, and I remember an old forester, at whose knee I learnt much, telling me that the fashion for planting them arose from the War of the Spanish Succession, when it was feared that the country might lose its supply of Spanish walnut, then considered vital for musket butts.