7th Dec, 2016

Giant tree ferns are a tall order for college revamp

Aaron Wise 16th Oct, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A SET of 100-year-old giant tree ferns have been installed at Pershore College as part of its £5.8million redevelopment.

The 5.5m New Zealand tree ferns – which originated in Tasmania but were sourced from Holland – arrived at the college last Thursday (October 8), and proved a logistical challenge for the college’s horticultural team before they were moved to the new Collections House, where they will be a central feature.

As well as the plants, the Collections House will have some rare fast growing ferns called Cyatheas – the All Blacks rugby symbol.

Visitors to the college’s open day tomorrow (Saturday) will be able to see the tree ferns for themselves, as the day will be hosted in the new building before it’s fitted out for students ready for them to move in a few weeks later.

Pershore College director, Helen Kinghorn said: “It’s fantastic to see the first plants being delivered into the Collections House, especially as they are spectacular tree ferns.

“I hope as many people as possible will come along to the open day to see the ferns for themselves and we’re looking forward to welcoming many more plants over the next few weeks and months, including some donated from RHS Wisley.”

The open day runs from 10am to 1pm.

Call the college on 0300 456 0049 or visit www.warwickshire.ac.uk/openevents for more information.