Plans for a statue in Nottinghamshire to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Bramley apple are in doubt after the project failed to secure funding.
The first Bramley apple tree grew from a pip planted in 1809 by Mary Ann Brailsford in her garden in Southwell.
Part of the bicentenary plans included the unveiling of a commemorative statue of Mary Ann Brailsford at The Burgage in the town.
But Arts Council England refused to support the project.
Adrian Barlow, chairman of the Bramley Apple Campaign said: "The Bramley growers were always going to fund part of the statue but we needed to obtain extra funding to make it a reality.
"Unfortunately, our proposal does not meet the strict criteria that the Arts Council lays down.
"We are now looking at alternative funding sources but this has put a question mark over the project."
The apple got its name from a local butcher, Matthew Bramley, who bought the garden in which the tree grows in 1846.
In 1997, the University of Nottingham cloned the tree to guarantee a continuation of its genome.
There are now more than 500 Bramley apple growers in the country and more than 100,000 tonnes of the apples are sold every year.