05/12/2015 01:36 EDT | Updated 05/12/2016 05:59 EDT

Century-old pear trees in B.C. to be restored to former glory

A British Columbia arborist is on a mission to ensure a group of 100-year-old pear trees in the Okanagan can continue to bear luscious fruit for another century.

Paul Leblanc was recently asked to help restore a small neglected bartlett pear orchard with 100-year-old trees in the Glenmore area of Kelowna.

Leblanc says the trees were introduced roughly around the turn of the century, and many of them are in decline due to a lack of care over the past 20 years.

He says the age, character and history of the fruit trees make him want to make sure they can keep feeding people for another hundred years.

"I mean, look at these things. They're just these crusty, almost barnacalized old fruit trees that just won't give up," he told Daybreak South.

Leblanc says he is using an old technique called spur pruning, which is time-consuming, but maximizes fruit production without taking the tops off the trees.

To hear the full interview, listen to the audio labelled: Kelowna arborist tends to 100-year-old pear trees