When little Mary Ann happens upon an enchanted apple tree guarded by fairies, a wonderful thing happens. Through the simple act of sharing their beloved tree with others, the fairies, Mary Ann, Mr Bramley, and Mr Merryweather all learn that one person has the power to make a big difference in the world. By spreading the seeds of human kindness, and nurturing that garden as it grows, it will blossom into an orchard which will provide for many for years to come.
Mary Ann and the Apple Tree is based on the true account of the origins of the Bramley apple tree, known to be the best cooking apple in Britain. It was planted over 200 years ago in the village of Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England by young Mary Ann Brailsford, in her cottage garden. Over the years, the cottage changed ownership a number of times. Mr Mathew Bramley owned the cottage at the time that Mr Henry Merryweather, a local horticulturalist, asked to take clippings to propagate the tree. Consent was given with the caveat that the apples would be known a “Bramley” apples, should they prove successful. They did, and they were, and the rest, as they say, is history. That original tree, although suffering from disease, is still standing and producing fine apples to this day. Bramley apples are sold throughout England, Scotland, Ireland, and most recently Japan.
The Bramley apples are not only fabulous for nourishing you and your family, but also for feeding those in need. A percentage of the proceeds of Mary Ann and the Apple Tree are being donated to the Newark Food Bank, which serves those in need in the East Midlands region of England, where the Bramley originated.
Give to your local food bank. Each one of us can make a difference!