Sunday, September 20, 2009

Two centuries of the Bramley apple!

(Photo © Archie Miles, not to be downloaded or reproduced in any form without prior permission.)

2009 marks the 200th anniversary of the Bramley apple. The founding pip was planted in 1809 by a certain Mary Ann Brailsford in her garden in Southwell, Nottinghamshire. This is a photo of the original tree alongside it's long-time owner and curator, Nancy Harrison. Every tree in the Charingworth orchards is a direct descendant of this one. The Bramley industry is now worth £50 million per annum, but sadly very little of this money is generated by fruit from full size trees in traditional orchards.

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