Vote for the Original Bramley Apple for ‘Tree of the Year’
Tucked away in a cottage garden in Southwell, you’ll find the single tree responsible for all Bramley Apples grown in the UK today.
The humble tree was planted from a pip more than 200 years ago in 1809, in the garden of a young girl named Ann Brailsford. It first began bearing fruit in the 1830s when a butcher called Matthew Bramley moved into the property belonging to the garden.
Later, the apples were spotted by local nurseryman Henry Merryweather, who asked if he could make cuttings from the tree to reproduce it’s perfect specimens. Bramley agreed on the condition that the apples took his name and the nation’s classic cooking apple was born!
The Bramley Apple went on to win prestigious horticultural awards and was planted en masse during the early 1900s as part of the home front for WW1.
The Bramley Apple Festival in Southwell.
The popularity of the Bramley Apple never wavered and there are now over 300 Bramley growers in the UK, who regularly produce 83,000 tonnes of fruit annually – all thanks to Ann Brailsford’s seedling.
The county has long known how special the tree is; the University of Nottingham have cloned the tree to make sure the quality of the apples is preserved and the Bramley Apple Festival takes place in Southwell every year in it’s honour.
Even her majesty Queen Elizabeth II designated the Bramley as one of the Great British Trees in 2012 and now the Bramley Apple tree has been nominated by the Woodland Trust for England’s Tree of the Year.
The picturesque Minster town of Southwell, where the Bramley Apple tree is found.
Leafy Nottinghamshire is no stranger to the Woodland Trust’s recognition. Back in 2014, Major Oak, the legendary Sherwood Forest hideout of Robin Hood was awarded the title and was even shortlisted for the European competition.
If you need any more convincing that the Bramley Apple is the worthy winner, then let the arrival of Autumnal flavours persuade you. Now that the leaves are starting to fall and the temperature is dropping, it’s the perfect time of year for apple pie, crumble or apple sauce on the side of every very dish..!
Bramley Apples at the Southwell Workhouse harvest.