Race to save clip­pings from trees planted by suf­fragettes

The Sunday Telegraph - - News - By Izzy Lyons

A UNI­VER­SITY is in a race against time to save sev­eral tree clip­pings from a “lost” suf­fragette re­treat dis­cov­ered 60 years af­ter the site was de­stroyed.

The re­treat, known as An­nie’s Ar­bore­tum, was home to cam­paign­ers in­clud­ing Mil­li­cent Fawcett and Em­me­line Pankhurst from 1909 to 1911 as they re­cu­per­ated from their prison sen­tences by plant­ing trees and gar­den­ing.

Lo­cated just out­side Bath, the plan­ta­tion’s 47 trees were de­stroyed in the Six­ties to make way for a coun­cil es­tate. Last sum­mer, five clip­pings were found in stor­age boxes in the Uni­ver­sity of East Anglia’s archives by the writer in res­i­dence.

Jus­tine Mann, a lit­er­ary ar­chiv­ist at

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