The gardens at Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener!

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11 January 2015

End of an Era

Moving Wol
Cause of death

In healthier days

We had done everything humanly possible to save an old pear tree at the end of the drive but it was just determined to die.  In the years we have lived here it had declined and declined.  The fruit yields became less and less and then no fruit at all.  Branches kept dying back and we cut them off - knowing in our heart of hearts that the entire tree was actually dying.  It had become home to Wol (an owl made out of an old oil tank) and a wooden owl box.  Eventually, there were no leaves or branches left to shade the owl box and both were totally exposed.  Today was the day to fell it so...we did.  We were of course proved right and you can see from the photos that it could never have survived.  We have kept a small plank and logged the rest.  The work kept us warm and the logs will also keep us warm!  Luckily, Pear tree Cottage has 3 other pear trees to its name.
A sad end







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