Root offsprings of the 150 year old pear tree felled on 11 March are sprouting.
Less than four months after it was felled on 11 March to free up space for a new house, the 150 year old pear tree of Aurillac’s town centre has started to regrow in a significant fashion.
The new shoots show how vigorous the existing root system is. Actually, it could be used to grow a new tree. Two weeks ago, the Director of the Conservatoire Végétal Régional d’Aquitaine told me that grafting a new pear tree on one of these root offsprings would give “a beautiful tree within ten years”.
This would be a way of preserving a living trace of Aurillac’s ancient legacy of fields and gardens growing fruit and vegetables. Unfortunately for the city’s heritage, the construction permit has been granted. The stump will have to be removed for the house to be built.