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Young gardeners welcome apple tree home

Amy Brice

Tom Putt

On Tuesday 1 December, Malcolm Mills from Castle Gardens gifted an Apple (Malus) Tom Putt tree to Trent Young’s Endowed School near Sherborne in Dorset. With the help of the primary school’s very own Gardening Group, the old English dual purpose tree, which is thought to have been named after the Reverend Thomas Putt of Trent who served the parish 200 years ago, was planted to mark National Tree Week, the UK’s largest celebration of trees.

Malcolm explains;

“After some research we found that the Tom Putt, which is a great cider apple but also good for cooking, has historical links to the village, so thought it would be the perfect gift to help these enthusiastic young gardeners celebrate National Tree Week. It is understood that this is one of only three Tom Putt apple trees growing in Trent today, even though it has grown widely in the south west for hundreds of years. I really hope the children manage to yield a great crop from this tree in years to come and begin to revive the heritage of the tree’s links with the village.”

For further information about The Gardens Group please visit www.thegardeneronline.co.uk.