Giant tree ferns arrive at Pershore College redevelopment

A set of 100-year-old tree ferns have been delivered to Pershore College as part of the £5.8m redevelopment of the campus.

Tree ferns being unloaded. Image: Pershore College

The tree ferns (Dicksonia squarrosa - common name New Zealand Tree Fern) which originated in Tasmania, but were sourced from Holland, arrived at the college on Thursday 8 October. The 5.5m tall plants provided a logistical challenge for the college's horticultural team but were manoeuvred from the delivery lorry to the new Collections House, where they will be a central feature of the college's new building.

The Collections House will also contain some rare fast-growing Cyatheas, including C.dealbata, the silver fern used as the All Blacks' rugby symbol.

Visitors to Pershore's open day on 17 October will be able to see the tree ferns for themselves, as the day will be hosted in the new building before it is fitted out for students ready for them to move in a few weeks later. The £5.8m redevelopment has transformed the college with a new contemporary glass building housing the Collections House, teaching rooms and project spaces as well as a new library area.

College director Helen Kinghorn said: "It's fantastic to see the first plants being delivered into the Collections House, especially as they are spectacular tree ferns, so I hope as many people as possible come along to the open day to see for themselves. We're looking forward to welcoming many more plants over the next few weeks and months, including some donated from RHS Wisley."

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