Space Sapling Lands at Brogdale

SPACE SAPLING LANDS AT BROGDALE COLLECTIONS What must be one of the most famous saplings in the country has now ‘landed’ at Brogdale Collections in Faversham.  The tiny sapling has been grown from a pip taken from Isaac Newton’s apple tree, which was blasted into space with British astronaut Tim Peake. In 2015 apple pips from […]

Brogdale Collections Hanami Festival

Thoughts on Hanami

Thoughts on Hanami By Brogdale Tour Guide Alan Hayward, who has joined in with Hanami in Japan The Japanese word ‘Hanami’ translates as ‘flower watching’.  The Hanami festival celebrates the blossom (sakura) and may have started life as a thanksgiving for previous harvests and hopes for the year to come.  However, over the years the […]

Thoughts on Hanami

Thoughts on Hanami By Brogdale Tour Guide Alan Hayward, who has joined in with Hanami in Japan The Japanese word ‘Hanami’ translates as  ‘flower watching’. The Hanami festival celebrates the blossom (sakura) and may have started life as a thanksgiving for previous harvests and hopes for the year to come. However, over the years the […]

large tree pruning

Large tree pruning course

One of the many enquiries we get at Brogdale is how to prune a traditional large fruit tree. Have you tried your best and not achieved the result you expected? Has someone pruned the tree for you and made a hash of it? Have you moved into a new property and have no idea what […]

Newton’s Space Sapling lands at Brogdale, the home of the National Fruit Collection

We are proud to be one of the recipients of one of eight young trees from the pips of Isaac Newton ’s apple tree that were blasted into space with British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake.
In 2015 apple pips from the iconic Newton tree were taken on the Principia mission by British astronaut Tim Peake to the International Space Station. The pips then spent six months floating in micro gravity as part of the ‘Pips in Space’ project before returning to Earth in 2016.
On their return from space in 2016, the well-travelled pips went to Wakehurst, Kew’s wild botanic garden in Sussex and home to the Millennium Seed Bank, where they spent 90 days at 5°C to simulate the winter cold needed to break dormancy. In May 2017, they were warmed to 15°C and the young seedlings started to emerge.

The UK Space Agency, the National Trust and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, worked together on the project.

Brogdale was selected to share the story of space travel, Isaac Newton, horticulture and the wonders of science as part of our ongoing commitment to education, as well as our previous involvement in the Apollo 10 mission with Buzz Aldrin in 1969.

Large tree pruning course

Large Tree Pruning One of the many enquiries we get at Brogdale is how to prune a traditional large fruit tree. Have you tried your best and not achieved the result you expected? Has someone pruned the tree for you and made a hash of it? Have you moved into a new property and have […]

Newton’s Space Sapling lands at Brogdale, the home of the National Fruit Collection

Newton’s Space Sapling lands at Brogdale, the home of the National Fruit Collection We are proud to be one of the recipients of one of eight young trees from the pips of Isaac Newton ’s apple tree that were blasted into space with British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake. In 2015 apple pips from the iconic […]

Why do we graft?

Why do we graft? If you are lucky enough to germinate and nurture a fruit tree seed you cannot be sure what variety it will become. There are only two ways of ensuring that a variety of fruit can be truly replicated. One is to take a cutting (called a graft) and plant it in […]

Join the team at Brogdale!

Join the team at Brogdale! We currently have some exciting opportunities at Brogdale! We have a small team at Brogdale Collections who work together to produce successful events each year to provide income for the charity to continue to enable access to the National Fruit Collection here in Faversham, Kent. We are currently looking for […]

National Apple Festival – bigger than ever

National Apple Festival – back & bigger than ever! National Apple Festival is back and bigger than ever for 2019, as we celebrate the 2,200 varieties of apple in the National Fruit Collection. We’ve got so much lined up to enjoy! Expert talks will include bean to bar chocolate making, beekeeping, willow weaving, pruning, choosing […]

The National Fruit Collection is one of the largest fruit collections in the world and is located at Brogdale Farm, near Faversham, Kent.

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