This compact tree, a variety of Malus pumila called 'Flower of Kent, is grown as a specimen in the lawn in front of 1 Brookside. It is a scion of the original apple tree grown in the garden of Woolsthorpe Manor, near Grantham in Lincolnshire, which, it is said, inspired Sir Isaac Newton to formulate his theory of gravity by watching the fall of an apple from the tree. The theory (without apples) was published in Newton’s Principia in 1687.
In spring, the tree is covered in pink-flushed, white blossom, and sometimes produces a crop of not particularly tasty, disease-prone eating apples. The tree is attractively under-planted with autumn-flowering Cyclamen.