Celebratory pear trees presented to Bowood

Peter Cooper with Lord and Lady Lansdowne

Six pear trees have been presented to Lord and Lady Lansdowne by Peter Cooper, Master of the Worshipful Company of Fruiterers in recognition of Bowood winning The Historic Houses Association/Christie’s ‘Garden of the Year 2014’.

The trees have been planted in the Walled Garden behind Bowood House, with a further two pear trees due to arrive this November.

Peter Cooper said: “The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers enjoys close links with The Historic Houses Association and Christie’s. Over the years it has become a well-established tradition to present the winner of the ‘Garden of the Year’ title with a celebratory collection of fruit trees to be planted in their award-winning garden and to promote the growing of fruit trees. We are delighted to have made such a presentation to Lord and Lady Lansdowne for a further eight pear trees to take root at Bowood.”

Lord Lansdowne said: “I’d like to extend our huge thanks to The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers for its most generous gift of these very special pear trees. They are marked by a plaque commemorating the presentation so that those visiting the Walled Garden for a guided tour – either as part of a private group or joining one of our scheduled monthly tours during the open season – can look out for this avenue of pear trees and see how they mature over the coming seasons and years.”

Entered through a ‘secret’ door, Bowood’s Walled Garden is made up of four distinct one acre squares comprising formal borders, a picking garden, glass houses and a working kitchen garden packed with fruit and vegetables.

Bowood House & Gardens opens daily, through to 2 November 2014, between 11am-5.30pm with the Gardens staying open until 6pm and last admissions at 5pm (closing one hour earlier after the autumn clocks go back). The House & Gardens will re-open again next spring just ahead of the Easter break.