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Sir Isaac Newton's Tree

Apple – National Heritage

Sir Isaac Newton's Tree


Apple – National Heritage


Mid October



Planting Position


Originating from a tree in the garden at Woolsthorpe Manor, nr Grantham, Lincolnshire, which belonged to Sir Isaac Newton's mother. Newton had gone from Cambridge University, to stay with his mother at Woolsthorpe when the university was closed, as the outbreak of plague spread from London. As legend goes, Newton was sitting under an apple tree when an apple fell on his head, leading him to think of the Universal Law of Gravitation. Our tree has been propagated from the apple tree whose parentage goes back to Sir Isaac Newton’s Garden at Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire in 1600 so we have a piece of history in our Community Orchard. It seems certain that the original tree in Newton’s garden is the ‘Flower of Kent’, first recorded in Kent in 1629.  A first-rate cooker, the large green fruits flush red in direct sunlight and cook to a delicately flavoured, sweet pure. In spring, the tree is covered in pink-flushed, white blossom.

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