Beatrix Potter's bramley apple tree
Beatrix Potter spent a lot of time in her garden at Hill Top, caring for trees, plants and animals. One of the things she loved most was her bramley apple tree.
In the heart of the sunny orchard at Beatrix Potter’s famous farmhouse Hill Top sits a Bramley apple tree, laden with fruit.
Beatrix bought Hill Top in 1905 with proceeds from The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and whilst the exact age of this tree is unknown, it’s estimated to be 100 years old so is likely to have been planted while she owned the farm (and potentially by Beatrix’s own hands!).
In 2008 the apple tree was propagated (a cutting taken and a clone made) by the Head Gardener at Acorn Bank, Chris Braithwaite, in case the original was ever lost, and this clone is now growing in the orchard near to its parent.
Beatrix also grew Keswick Codling apples, of which she was very proud. If you visit Hill Top, there are a variety of damson, Victoria plum, pear and other apple trees in the orchard which still bear fruit today.