This tree, as well as being of a species which is very rare in the Chilterns, is also special as a part of the area’s history.
During World War I, the tree was well-known to Aylesbury children. A local from Stoke Mandeville remembers the stories that his uncle told of the time. The uncle, with his other Aylesbury friends, would walk to the tree to gather the free fruit in bags and then catch the train home. However, with no train ticket the fruit was jettisoned from the train, followed closely by the pickers when the train was level with their homes!
The tree has since lost much of its stature, having snapped about 5 ft from the ground some years ago. However, with a girth of 2¾ m it is still a remarkable tree, especially as it still bears fruit.
If you have any memories of the old pear tree, please get in touch.
Please keep to the public footpath