Bicton College loses historic monkey puzzle to storms

The Monkey Puzzle Avenue - image:Bicton College
The Monkey Puzzle Avenue - image:Bicton College

A 170-year-old, 25m-high monkey puzzle tree has been blown over at Devon's Bicton College.

Part of a distinctive avenue along the driveway to what is now the the college planted in 1844, the tree fell through a nearby fence into a field rather than across the drive, during high winds earlier this month. 

College principal David Henley said: "Fortunately, our arboriculture students were on hand to tackle the fallen tree, and our horticulture students have been cultivating fledgling trees from previously collected seeds, so we will continue to conserve Monkey Puzzle Avenue for generations to come."

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