Newton’s apple tree at Woolsthorpe shortlisted for English tree of the year

The famous apple tree at Woolsthorpe Manor.
The famous apple tree at Woolsthorpe Manor.
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The tree which inspired the world’s most famous scientist to develop his influential theory on gravity, has been shortlisted in a competition by the Woodland Trust to crown England’s favourite tree.

The Flower of Kent apple tree in the grounds of Woolsthorpe Manor, whose fruit is said to have fallen on Isaac Newton’s head, is up against nine other trees from around England.

The Woodland Trust received over 200 nominations from across the country and the public now has until November 4 to vote for their favourite entry from the final shortlist.

The winner will represent England against competitors from Wales, Scotland and elsewhere in Europe, in a competition run by the Environmental Partnership Association and taking place in April 2015.

The final ten shortlisted trees, chosen with input from experts at the Woodland Trust, National Trust, Ancient Tree Forum, Natural England and Tree Register of the British Isles, are:

• Ankerwycke Yew, Runnymede, Surrey

• Kett’s Oak, Norfolk

• Major Oak, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire

• Allerton Oak, Liverpool

• Whiteleaved Oak, Herefordshire

• Shugborough Yew, Staffordshire

• Big Bellied Oak, Savernake Forest, Wiltshire

• Newton’s Apple Tree, Lincolnshire

• Old Knobbley, Essex

• Ickwell Oak, Bedfordshire

Woodland Trust Ancient Tree Specialist Jill Butler said: “We sometimes take our trees for granted, but every nomination in this contest reminds us how trees are incredibly significant in people’s lives, over many years. More importantly we want this recognition to be a step in ensuring all our special trees can be protected for future generations to enjoy.”

To cast your vote and find out more about the shortlisted trees, go to the Woodland Trust’s website at ww.woodlandtrust.org.uk/vote