The giant London plane tree that dominates an area of Brislington's Nightingale
Valley is, together with the nearby packhorse bridge, one of the features that help
define this unexpected green haven. Its trunk was once an open hollow, tempting the
mischievous to light fires within it so a few years ago a local action group walled
it up. This has given rise to a legend that a witch is entombed within. Many
generations of Brislingtonians have picnicked in its shade, swung across the brook
from ropes attached to its boughs or caught tiddlers beneath it. It has a symbolic
significance: It's tall, it's strong, it's seen adversity, it endures.