Jordans Mill had its fair share of the limelight on Wednesday, 11 February, with teams from BBC News and BBC Radio 4 visiting us to film and record the planting of two Warden Pear trees, kindly donated to us by Shuttleworth College.
The Warden Pear trees, which date back to the 14th Century and were mentioned in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, are now planted in the Jordans Mill Gardens for visitors to enjoy for years to come.
Our gardening team, headed up by Svenja Burckhardt, will be keeping a close eye on them and nurturing them until they start bearing fruit in a year or two.
Svenja, along with Paul Labous from Shuttleworth College, was interviewed by BBC News At One presenter Jo Black, with the programme broadcast on 11 February.
Paul was also interviewed by BBC Radio 4, and Svenja and Paul were in demand later on in the day when they were interviewed live over the phone by Roberto Perrone during the drivetime show on BBC Three Counties Radio. To listen to the interview, click here and scroll to 2 hours 48 minutes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02h92rw
The story was also picked up by BBC News Online http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-31416929
We're honoured to have been chosen by Shuttleworth College to plant two Old Warden Pear trees and preserve a piece of Bedfordshire history.
The trees can now be seen in the Jordans Mill Gardens and from Saturday 14th to Sunday 22nd visitors to Jordans Mill can enter our Gardens for free, so there's never been a better time to see a tree once mentioned in a Shakespeare play.