Sapling from Sir Isaac Newton's famous apple tree to grow in Potton

A sapling from Sir Isaac Newton's famous apple tree will grow in Potton Community Orchard.

By Joanna Gravett
Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 1:55 pm
Updated Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 2:15 pm

Central Bedfordshire Councillor Tracey Wye has sponsored a Newton Apple Sapling from the National Trust, which was planted in the town on March 20.

The original tree can be found in the orchard of Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire, and first put down its roots around 400 years ago.

Cllr Wye, of Potton Ward, told the Chronicle: "The story goes that Sir Isaac Newton was inspired to consider the theory of gravity after an apple fell on his head.

The planting of the Newton Apple Sapling. Photo: Cllr Wye. Right: Woolsthorpe Manor. Photo: Google.

"He was sitting under a tree at his home in Lincolnshire when a falling apple led him to ponder why things always fall downwards.

"The original tree is now under the guardianship of The National Trust, but you can buy saplings which have been grafted from it and are genetically identical.

"I have sponsored a Newton Apple Sapling for the Potton Community Orchard and I was delighted to help plant it."

The story of the falling apple is described by the National Trust as "a scientific legend", but one with "many truths in it".

Indeed, Newton told the story of the falling apple to his biographers, William Stukeley and John Conduitt, who both recorded it in their writings.

Cllr Wye added: "The orchard is looking absolutely fabulous and will be a real jewel in Potton’s crown. The team have been busy creating new habitats to increase local flora and fauna alongside the wonderful fruit orchard.

"And who knows what amazing innovations our Newton Apple will inspire when people are able to visit it? Thanks to Sally Wileman for organising the tree and showing me round."

Sir Isaac Newton was born on Christmas Day 1642 at Woolsthorpe Manor, the Newton family home.