Apple and pear planted alongside exotics at Cornwall's Eden Project
Only the festive partridge was missing as a new pear tree was planted at the Eden Project.
The Doyenne Du Comice pear tree, along with a Reverend W Wilks apple, were donated to the tourist attraction and environmental centre by Newquay-based specialists Treescape, as part of a Cornwall-wide planting programme.
Don Murray, Eden’s head of horticulture, said: “We’re grateful for the donation of these fruit trees and we hope they will both thrive.
“Treescape are doing great work around Cornwall, donating fruit trees and showcasing the beautiful products that can be made with wood.”
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The family-run business deals with wood throughout its lifecycle, from tree surgery to bespoke wooden handcrafted furniture and home wares.
The apple was planted in the orchard area of the Eden pit, next to the ice-rink, and the pear tree in an orchard in the outer estate.
Both plants are two years old and a metre tall but will eventually grow as tall as five metres in height when they are mature.
Treescape wants to plant more fruit trees around Cornwall and has also given trees to a number of schools around the county.
Victoria Golay, co-owner, said: “We believe in the long term sustainability of wood, from the felling of a tree to a hand finished piece of furniture.
We are so pleased that the Eden Project are taking the initiative to support us, helping us to achieve our ambition.”
In addition to the exotic plants found in The Eden Project’s biomes, its orchards are home to a wide selection of mainly Cornish and Westcountry varieties of apple trees, highlighting the sustainable benefits of home-grown fruit.
The donation follows National Tree Week, which ran from November 23 to December 1 and is organised by the Tree Council.