The David Parr House supports the principles of the Tree Charter. David Parr was inspired by natural forms around him and spent time working in his back garden, where he planted this magnificent apple tree, which is still a prolific fruiter. The first recorded sale of a Bramley apple was in 1865, and this fashionable tree was planted shortly afterwards, in around 1870, making it 150 years old. David's granddaughter used to share the fruit with her neighbours, and this summer the tree has been a focal point for squirrels, cats, hedgehogs, and birds to gather round while the house has been closed to visitors.
By Charlotte Woodley; The Pilgrim Trust Curator at the David Parr House
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