New willow guard will protect Newton’s historic apple tree

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A WOVEN barrier made of willow has been installed at Woolsthorpe Manor to protect its historic apple tree for future generations.

An apple falling from the tree is said to have inspired world-famous physicist Sir Isaac Newton to formulate his theory of gravity.

The National Trust, which owns the property wants to protect the tree from damage caused by the feet of the property’s 33,000 visitors each year.

The barrier has been installed to allow visitors to get close to the tree without doing unnecessary damage to its root system. Conservation manager Margaret Winn said: “The tree is getting on for 400 years old and we wanted to protect it. We asked Richard and Suzanne Kerwood from Windrush Willow in Exeter to build a low barrier to protect the tree’s roots, and they worked on site while we were open to the public - there was a lot of interest.”

As well as seeing the historic tree, visitors to the manor house can visit the Science Discovery Centre and watch a short film telling the story of Newton’s discoveries at Woolsthorpe.

l This weekend (May 14 and 15) there’s chance to meet the beekeepers at the manor and enjoy a honey tasting.

Information: call 01476 862823 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woolsthorpe