Batsford Arboretum to plant original Bramley

Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, have recently taken delivery of a 'Bramley Original' tree - propagated from the original Bramley apple tree grown in Southwell, Nottinghamshire.

Matthew Hall
Matthew Hall
Reports suggest the original Bramley apple tree, which was sown in Southwell in 1809, is dying from an incurable fungal infection. The tree sat within the garden of Matthew Bramley, who agreed to sell the first tree cutting to local nurseryman Henry Merryweather in 1856 to sell the apples under the Bramley name.


Scientists at the University of Nottingham continued to study the Bramley over the years and use grafts from the tree to create clones to preserve the original Bramley.


Nick Dunn, Batsford Arboretum Trustee and owner of Frank P. Matthews trees in Tenbury Wells, obtained a graft wood from the original Bramley tree, to provide an opportunity to experience the apple tree in its original form. Upon hearing of the news that the original Bramley tree was under threat, Dunn donated one of the clones to Batsford Arboretum to safeguard and protect the Bramley for future generations.


Batsford’s ‘Bramley Original’ will be planted in a suitable location in the Arboretum this autumn by head gardener Matthew Hall.

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