Monday, 10 February 2014 - 11:00am

footpath along the watercourse by Watermead
park in Abbotswood Road

Come and join us as we sing and toast the newly planted perry pear trees on Kennel Lane

The ancient tradition of wassailing is to be celebrated in Brockworth on Monday Feb 10th at 11am.

Brockworth was home to many orchards in the past, including perry pear orchards, which have been a feature of Gloucestershire's landscape for centuries.

Sadly very few remain today, which is why the magnificent trees in Kennel Lane were valued by so many.

Tragically, the 3 mature and beautiful trees were felled illegally by a developer in 2012, who has replaced them with 3 saplings on the building site.

Brockworth's Community Choir, the Dawn Chorus led by Monika Murrell, has been singing some traditional wassailing songs - to celebrate this tradition, which probably dates back to before 1066.

Wassail means - be in good health, and singing and drinking to the trees aims to ensure a good harvest in the coming year.

Some of the choir members have written their own verses to one of the wassailing songs, including one written to the perry pear trees by choir member Rob Mellors .

Rob says "My hope is that the children who live on the development today will grow up to see the perry trees flourish as they once did for me."

On Monday Feb 10th the choir will gather next to the trees and sing the wassailing song and toast the trees, which are in much need of nurture and protection, if they are to stand any chance of growing as strong and healthy as the ones they replace.

By wassailing the trees we hope to inspire the local community to protect and nurture this valuable part of our heritage.

All are welcome to join us.

Access to the trees is via the footpath along the watercourse between Abbotswood Rd and Watermead (parking available behind the Co-op in Abbotswood Rd, Brockworth GL3 4NY)


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