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Univer­sity bids to safe­guard ‘Bram­ley’s Seedling’ her­itage

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The legacy of one of the world’s most fa­mous cook­ing ap­ples looks set to be con­served, thanks to the in­ter­ven­tion of an aca­demic in­sti­tu­tion. Not­ting­ham Trent Univer­sity is cur­rently in talks with the owner to be­come cus­to­dian of the ail­ing orig­i­nal, 200-year-old ‘Bram­ley’s Seedling’ ap­ple tree, now stricken with honey fun­gus.

The iconic tree, iden­ti­fied in 2002 as one of the top 50 his­toric trees in the UK, was grown from a pip in the early 19th cen­tury and is lo­cated in a cot­tage gar­den in the town of South­well, near to the Univer­sity’s Brack­en­hust Cam­pus.

The univer­sity wants to buy the site and a fur­ther prop­erty to cre­ate new post­grad­u­ate ac­com­mo­da­tion. The plan would also in­clude open­ing up the cot­tage rose gar­den and tree to the pub­lic, as well as de­vel­op­ing plans to for­mally cel­e­brate the his­tory and her­itage of the tree.

“Un­for­tu­nately, it will in­evitably per­ish, but we’d like to try and pre­serve the great tree of South­well for as long as pos­si­ble,” said Pro­fes­sor Robert Mor­timer, a Dean at the Univer­sity. “It has such huge cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance for the town and county, but also na­tion­ally and glob­ally.”

If all goes well, hor­ti­cul­tural staff and stu­dents from the univer­sity would first as­sess and then try to pro­long the life of the tree. Grafts of the orig­i­nal tree would also be re­planted at the Brack­en­hurst cam­pus.

The orig­i­nal tree is now dy­ing from honey fun­gus

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