Pear tree saved from HS2

Thursday 16 April 2020

The controversy of the HS2 train line and the path it is cutting through the countryside has a “siding” story involving Shuttleworth College.

The track looks likely to cut a swathe through woodland at the village of Cubbington, threatening an historic pear tree. But thanks to advanced horticultural techniques at Shuttleworth College a sapling has been created via grafting and has now been planted in a safe setting in a neighbouring village.

Shuttleworth College in Bedfordshire and its Royal Horticultural Society tutor Paul Labous have gained a reputation for saving rare pear trees - starting with the Old Warden Pear mentioned by Shakespeare. The team won a Heritage Lottery Fund grant for their pioneering work.

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