Planting Shakespeare’s pears


An historic variety of pear was planted this week.

Students at Shuttleworth College are making sure that the Warden Pear, which is mentioned in Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale, is around for future generations. One of college’s Warden Pear trees was planted in Old Warden on Tuesday.

Paul Labous, lecturer in horticulture at Shuttleworth College, explained that after receiving a request from Mike Marshall of the Old Warden Parish Council to propagate the historic pears, he came up with the idea of grafting to give students the skill and to preserve the line of pears.

He said: “The mother trees at Shuttleworth produce the magnificent Warden Pears that date back to the 13th Century but with only five trees producing the pears it was time to increase the stock.”