LOCALS have blasted activists for digging up a college lawn linked to Sir Isaac Newton.
Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters also chained themselves to an apple tree at Trinity, Cambridge, yesterday.
The tree is said to have been grown from one that inspired Newton’s 1687 theory of gravity.
XR said the protest was over a farm Trinity owns in Suffolk, which is set to be turned into a giant lorry park and housing estate.
It urged the college to cut ties with fossil-fuel firms and “stop trying to hawk off nature for profit”.
But one resident said: “People won’t listen if you’re causing this much destruction.”
Another tweeted: “Pure mindless vandalism.
"Lock them up.”
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XR insisted: “The digging took place a safe distance from the tree so as not to damage it.”
Trinity says it supports efforts to halt climate change.
Newton is said to have devised his theory after seeing an apple fall from a tree at Woolsthorpe Manor, Grantham, Lincolnshire, in 1666.