Pear preserved by students' grafting

Students at Shuttleworth College in Bedfordshire are ensuring that a pear dating back to the 13th century is around in the future.

Mentioned in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, the Warden pear is traditionally cooked in red wine then used as a pie filling. The students are gaining practice in grafting the pear after the local parish council appealed for help in preserving it.

Horticulture lecturer Paul Labous said: "With only five trees producing the pears it was time to increase the stock. But the results can be seen here in 30 baby pear trees now growing."


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