Isaac Newton's Apple Tree Fenced Off From Tourists

Posted May 12th 2011 09:00 AMUpdated May 12th 2011 11:14 AM

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Isaac Newton's Apple Tree Fenced Off From Tourists

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Sir Isaac Newton's apple tree has been fenced off to protect it from the damaging effects of pesky gravity and apple loving tourists.

Visitors to Newton's childhood home of Woolsthorpe Manor, near Grantham, Lincolnshire, are said to be damaging the tree's roots. So, a willow fence now encircles the site where the great thinker formed his theory.

The National Trust, which owns the house and grounds, said the fence was meant to preserve the tree rather than exclude visitors.

"Visitor numbers have gone up by around 50 per cent, to 33,000 a year in three years. The more people who visit, the more the soil will become compacted around the tree and over the roots," Ann Moynihan, an organization official, told the Daily Mail.

The tree already withstood a fair amount of damage in an 1890 storm that blew it over. It re-rooted itself, but grew back in an "inverted S shape."

But visitors to the site can still enjoy apples from the tree, which is of the Flower of Kent variety and produces green fruit.

Fun fact: Sir Isaac Newton never actually left an account of his own confirming the legendary falling apple story. Rather, it appeared in a 1727 book by French philosopher Voltaire published the year Newton died.


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Roberta Vera

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May 25 2011 at 10:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alfredschrader

Newton was a genius, but he didn't know what actually caused gravity. Nobody would know that until I discovered the graviton particle in 2,002. CERN built the 10 billion dollar Large Hadron Collider to study the graviton. I have the first Graviton Sphere which I used in part for graviton work. Since it's the very first one in history used to study the graviton, it doesn't have an exact price.
I have two apple trees & a fig tree here on my estate in Florida. Newton was way cool...Alfred H. Schrader

May 12 2011 at 8:27 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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photto

COOL STORY BRO!

May 25 2011 at 10:27 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Pilar Zayan

Sir Isaac Newton's apple tree has been fenced off to protect it from the damaging effects of pesky gravity and apple loving tourists.


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May 12 2011 at 6:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
denis Cornejo

which is of the Flower of Kent variety and produces green fruit.?
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May 12 2011 at 6:39 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
seaf308

oh puleeze. Its been nearly 300 hundred years there could have been numerous apple trees come and gone from that property. this is a publicity stunt and a myth.

May 12 2011 at 5:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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photto

P-L-E-A-S-E, PLEASE.

May 25 2011 at 10:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gbeynon288

He also invented that little Fig cookie ! ! !

May 12 2011 at 2:24 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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pjrastafari

yeah the fig you

May 12 2011 at 7:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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photto

FIG YOU!!!

May 25 2011 at 10:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
gbeynon288

He also invented that little fig cookie ! ! ! ! !

May 12 2011 at 2:23 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Mari

u r stooopid

May 12 2011 at 5:36 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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photto

s-t-u-p-i-d, stupid, stupid

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