Pear Alley restoration
The Bateman’s Pear Alley can be found at the bottom of The Orchard, next to the greenhouse and opposite the gated entrance to The Mulberry Garden. It was designed by Kipling to provide him with a long view down to the house.
The ironwork and pear trees were taken down in 2007 as they had become intertwined. The framework was repaired, and the original pear varieties replaced.
However, since then further restoration needs have arisen because the current pear trees were in a poor state of health with both canker and scab present on all trees. By cleaning out the old diseased soil we plan to plant new pear trees of good quality stock.
The herbaceous planting underneath also requires attention as it has lost its impact since the more vigorous plants have crowded out less prolific species.
The restoration will be a perfect opportunity to greatly increase the variety of plants growing under the pear trees focusing on seasonal interest from spring right through to autumn.