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Did you know that the oldest Mulberry Tree in Britain is to be found in the grounds of Charlton House - planted at the suggestion of Charles I in 1608? Along with many others of its type – Morus Nigra, the Black Mulberry – it was planted to try to establish silk-worms in Britain. Unfortunately they only feed on White Mulberries. Not a total waste, however, the fruit is delicious and the tree one of nature’s most gracefully shaped.

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Flinders Petrie
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Henry Bessemer
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