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Astronaut Tim Peake visits Woolsthorpe Manor near Colsterworth to award 'space saplings' to competition winners

Astronaut Tim Peake visited Woolsthorpe Manor today (Monday, January 13) to present seven special 'space saplings' to winners of a competition.

The British European Space Agency astronaut was on hand to present the saplings after he was launched into space to the International Space Station in 2015 as part of the Principia mission, named after the work by Sir Isaac Newton who was born at Woolsthorpe Manor. Seeds from the Flower of Kent apple tree at Woolsthorpe were also blasted into space and were left to float in zero gravity on the space station before they were returned to earth to be nurtured into young trees.

A competition was launched in 2018 to find new homes for the trees and the seven winners were announced today.

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