Southwell’s original Bramley Apple Tree brought by Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University has agreed a deal to become the new custodian of the original Bramley Apple tree.

The university has stepped in to help preserve the 200-year-old tree, which was grown by Mary Ann Brailsford from a pip between 1809 and 1815 near to what is now NTU’s Brackenhurst Campus in Southwell, after discovering that it is dying from an incurable honey fungus infection.

University staff and students from the horticultural department will be carrying out an initial assessment on the tree and will then continue to tend it in order to try and prolong its life.

Grafts taken from the original tree will also be replanted around the campus to continue on its legacy.

It was first discovered in 2016 that the tree had the fungal infection. Shortly after, NTU announced its plans to become its custodian.

The university has also bought two cottages on Church Street in Southwell as part of the project to preserve the apple tree.

The cottages will be refurbished and plans are in place to use them for postgraduate student accommodation featuring a rose garden containing the tree which it hopes to open to members of the public.