If you’ve ever visited Buckfast Abbey, you’ll have seen the beautiful Monterey Pine centrepiece that adorns the Abbey gardens and towers next to the Abbey church.
In an effort to conserve this magnificent tree, so that it can continue to grow well into the 2030s and maybe the 2040s, our gardening team has spent many hours carefully tending to its roots.
The essential conservation work on the Abbey’s fabulous Pine has involved the use of an air spade to compress air and break up soil around the tree. By removing the border beneath the tree, our gardening team have added new soil and a mulch of woodchip to help the soil retain moisture. Further planting of spring bulbs, snowdrops and English bluebells, will complete the work in due course.
Thankfully, during this period of essential maintenance, the Abbey gardens will remain open as usual. If you haven’t visited the Abbey during the autumn months, we highly recommend a trip to discover the stunning autumnal display of rich reds, fiery oranges and vibrant yellows. Against a backdrop of autumn sunshine, it really is something to see.