John Evelyn, recorded in his Pomona of 1670, that he had some years earlier asked whether those in other European countries could send him scions of fruit that they had found to produce excellent perry. In March 1658 Dr John Pell, at that time ambassador to the Swiss Cantons, suggested the Turgovian pear.
In 2020 we asked whether the Turgovian Pear or its progeny could be recognised in the perry varieties of today? This challenge was picked up by Barry Masterson, an Irishman living in Germany. Follow his fascinating and successful quest at
The landscape-shaping value of these magnificent trees is appreciated in Switzerland, with new plantings encouraged in suitable locations.
The contribution that our own perry pear trees make to the UK landscape is now slowly being recognised.