Friday, October 4, 2013

Historic tree delivers sweet treat


from the Department of Buildings
and Grounds at the Mass General/North
Shore Center for Outpatient Care
in Danvers

A special surprise arrived at the MGH main campus this week – a package full of pears fresh from the historic tree at the Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care.

On Sept. 30, arborists from Mayer Tree Service led the annual harvest of the nearly 400-year-old Endecott Pear Tree, assisted by members from the MGH Buildings and Grounds crew. Some 200 pears were plucked from the tree’s limbs and sent to the presidents’ offices at the MGH and the North Shore Medical Center, the president of the Danvers Historical Society and the executive director of the Essex National Heritage Commission.

Believed to be the oldest living fruit tree in America, the Endecott Pear Tree was planted in or about 1632 by John Endecott, the first governor of Massachusetts, who owned the property where the Danvers hospital now stands.

“The tree continues to be a sign of strength and resilience,” says Elena Sierra, RN, MPH, executive director of Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care. “It has survived centuries of harsh New England weather, and we were thrilled to see it produce such a beautiful crop of pears this year.”


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