Bananas growing in a Plymouth garden
Yes, we have bananas!
By Laura Joint
A banana tree in Plymouth has started to bear fruit for the first time. Could this be another sign of climate change?
Banana trees in Plymouth? It might sound unlikely, but it seems the warmer weather is bringing the fruits of the tropics to Devon's shores.
David O'Connor was amazed to find the banana tree in his riverside garden in Stonehouse had started to produce fruit for the first time.
"It's been there for two years, and suddenly we've got bananas on it - obviously something is going on with the weather.
Not quite ripe to be picked!
"I've rented the property for a year - the owner put the tree there - and nothing has happened until now.
"The bananas are growing pretty fast, so I'll keep my eye on them to see when they're ripe to be picked."
David has worked in hot climates abroad while with the International Red Cross, and said: "People who live around here are all very surprised that the bananas have grown, but I'm not really, to be honest.
"Although having said that, we're right on the river here and the tree gets a battering from the wind."
Devon County Council's climate change officer, Ian Bateman, has already warned that we are in for higher temperatures in the years ahead.
"At the launch of BBC Devon's Planet Devon campaign earlier this year, he said: "If we do nothing, Devon will have a temperature rise of 4-5ºC. That would put us somewhere in the middle of Portugal by the end of this century."
last updated: 16/07/07
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