It is a tall deciduous tree that grows to around 40m (130ft). Beech trees have bright green, oval shaped leaves which are placed alternatly on the stem.
Beech trees produce a fruit every three to four years which grow inside a prickly case in groups of three from September to October.
The leaves can be used in salads, when fresh from the tree.
They can be eaten roasted cooked and raw and taste a little like young walnuts.