Jade's holiday project bears fruit

EXOTIC avocado trees are growing on Torridgeside, thanks to the efforts of a budding young horticulturalist. Jade Gerry, 10, of Westward Ho! was intrigued by the colourful fruits and flowers she encountered while on holiday in Antigua with her grandfather

EXOTIC avocado trees are growing on Torridgeside, thanks to the efforts of a budding young horticulturalist.

Jade Gerry, 10, of Westward Ho! was intrigued by the colourful fruits and flowers she encountered while on holiday in Antigua with her grandfather, Les Garland.

As she was missing time off school, he suggested she might make use of her time to document her experiences.

Jade decided she would write her own book with pictures and information on the plants she encountered on Antigua and the lush tropical island of Dominica - avocados, bananas, calabash, cotton, sugar and others.


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She also brought back some avocado stones.

That was two years ago. Her book is complete and she is planning to show her teachers and friends at West Croft School in Bideford just what she did when she took that time out.

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The avocado stones she planted in pots at her home have grown so big that they have now been planted outdoors, in the grounds of the Penhaven Country House Hotel and Restaurant in Parkham.

"In their own environment they can grow to 70 feet," said Les. "We don't know how they will get on in the English climate, but this is a sheltered location in beautiful grounds, amid lots of large trees, so Jade is hoping they will grow well." said Les.

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