Q: I have a Cornice pear which I believe has scab on some of the fruit with a few black marks on a few leaves.  It is a Minarette and about 20 years old.  The fruit is perfectly alright to eat, but it looks rather unsightly!  Is there a spray or something to add to the soil please?

A: The pear does indeed have pear scab, and sadly there are no sprays for this available as all have been taken off the market.  Cleanliness is the most important thing, so clear up leaves and dispose of them rather than placing them on the compost heap.