Tree clippings from ‘lost’ suffragette plantation unearthed from archive, as researchers are in a race against time to preserve them

Read the full story in the Telegraph.

university is in a race against time to save several tree clippings from a “lost” suffragette plantation that were discovered in their archives 60 years after the plantation was destroyed.

The Suffragette’s Retreat, also known as Annie’s Arboretum, was home to numerous suffragettes, including Millicent Fawcett and Emmeline Pankhurst, between 1909 and 1911 as they recuperated from prison sentences by planting trees and gardening.

Located just outside of Bath, the plantation’s 47 trees were destroyed in the 1960s to make way for a council estate.

But last summer, five clippings were retrieved from the University of East Anglia’s archives by pure chance when the writer in residence recovered them whilst rooting through storage boxes.

Justine Mann, a literary archivist at the University, said the clock is now ticking to ensure the clippings do not “turn into dust” as it is “vital that we can bring the trees to another generation”.

 

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