Pilgrim 400 apple trees being offered free to schools and community groups

Oct 21, 2020

Plymouth Tree Partnership has announced that the remaining Pilgrim 400 trees will now be offered free to schools and community groups on a first come, first served basis.

The special variety of apple trees has been grown to commemorate Mayflower 400

Twenty have been grown as gifts to destinations linked to the Mayflower story across the UK and the US.

The ‘Pilgrim 400’ apple was born out of a conversation between two friends, Celia Steven and John Stirland.

Celia lives near Plymouth, Devon, and is the great granddaughter of Henry Merryweather, the nurseryman who raised the Bramley apple.

John is a horticulturist and a former presenter with Radio Nottingham and he lives in a village near the area from where some of the colonists hailed.


Applications for a Pilgrim 400 tree should be made via the website here (one tree per organisation).

Trees must be collected from Endsleigh Gardens Nursery, Milton Abbot, near Tavistock (regrettably, it will not be possible to organise deliveries.

Commemorative certificates will be emailed, and trees will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

You can find more information on the Pilgrim 400 website here.

  • For any community groups or schools who do obtain a tree, please let us know as we would love to see some photographs of your commemorative planting.
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