Did you know that the apple tree that inspired Sir Isaac Newton, (25/12/1642-20/3/1727) ‘theory of gravity’, is located in Lincolnshire. The flower of Kent tree is located in the orchard of Sir Newton’s childhood home, Woolsthorpe Manor, managed by the National Trust. This tree was the one where Sir Isaac Newton stated that an apple fell to the ground causing him to question ‘why?’
The question ‘why do apples fall straight to the ground was the basis of the theory of gravity and so history and science was written. Newton formulated the laws of motion and universal gravitation that form the dominant scientific viewpoint for centuries, until it was superseded by the theory of relativity. The tree itself is said to be well over 400 years. People have been visiting and admiring the tree for the past 240.years.
Sir Isaac Newton was a key figure in the science revolution. He was a mathematician, physicist, philosopher, astronomer, alchemist, theologian and author. His work from that simple question enabled him to mathematical describe planetary motion, account for tides, the trajectories of comets, the procession of equinox and enabled his theories of the solar system to be recorded.
We cannot offer items made directly from this tree, but we have been working with the National Trust, in Lincolnshire to reuse any wind fall or broken tree. We are making apples and acorns, which will be available, both on our website and on the 8th October 2023. Apple day, is a chance to taste over 50 varieties of apple that grow in the gardens and orchards at Gunby Hall.