As a tradition, the chosen animal group was also given a large
chestnut, which they planted in a ceremony at the end of the races.
Four years before, the swans from Royal Lake had been chosen, and
they did a spectacular job, balancing the huge chestnut on the
tips of their snow-white wings as they waddled up the bank.
They placed the chestnut in a hole dug by the moles
the night before.
The swans
placed the chestnut
in a hole.