All members are welcome to sit in on our committee meetings which are held at 7.30pm at the Derby Arms, Witherslack.

Minutes of the last committee meeting are here

The next committee meeting on on Tuesday 6th February at 7.30 at the Derby Arms, Witherslack

The SLOG summer Newsletter is now available

SLOG members can get discounts from Beetham Nurseries (5% off all products), and RV Roger (10% off fruit trees and bushes). Please have your membership card and number ready to quote before your sale goes through the till

SLOG Orchard If you want to be involved in the orchard, please email Andy or call him on 01539 727772.

What's New at the South Lakeland Orchard Group


SLOG - The South Lakeland Orchard Group

All of our events are free to members. We welcome new members who can join at the event - just £10 for a couple, and £8 singles. Alternatively, look on our joining page and contact Adam who will get you signed up now.





Winter Talk: Please note that winter talk date has changed to 23 January 7.30pm Crook Memorial Hall

Subject will be DNA results of the smples sent to East Malling for analysis

See below.


Saturday 20th Jan 2018 - SLOG Pruning Workshop, Halecat Orchards. 1.30-4.30pm.

This workshop will cover both formative (young trees) and restorative (old trees) winter pruning. Bring your own secateurs (but some will be provided).

Directions:Meet in the car park of Abi Tom’s Halecat Nursery at Witherslack (follow brown signs). Satnav LA11 6RT

Tuesday 23rd January – Winter Talk 7.30pm Crook Memorial Hall

This will be a review of all the DNA analyses we have done on apples & pears over the past 2yrs and to make plans for further research

Directions:  From Plumgarth roundabout at the north end of Kendal, take B5284 direction Bowness. Go through Crook village, past the Sun INN, then up the hill and the Hall is on your left at the top of the hill. Satnav LA8 8LG

Saturday 27th Jan 2018 - SLOG Pruning Workshop, Grange Community Orchard. 1.30-4.30pm.

This workshop will cover maintenance winter pruning. Bring your own secateurs (but some will be provided).

Directions: Near Grange-over-Sands railway station, just south of the B5277/B5271 roundabout, opposite the Ornamental Gardens. Car parking on opposite side of road or in nearby carparks.

Saturday 3rd March 2018 2.00–4.30pm SLOG Grafting Workshop, Growing Well, Sizergh LA8 8AE

Graft your own apple & pear trees using M26, MM106, MM111 & Quince A rootstocks and a wide range of scion wood varieties. Led by Hilary with advice from other experienced members. Bring your own Stanley knife (a few will be provided) and gardening gloves for protection. Wear suitable footwear as the path to the yurts may be muddy.  

Directions:From M6 jnctn 36 go 4 miles on A591 towards Kendal, then A590 Barrow, then shortly on right follow brown signs for Sizergh Castle, then Low Sizergh Barn. From Kendal go 3½ miles south on the A591 then just before the A590 interchange turn left into the car park at Low Sizergh Barn Farm Shop and Tearooms. Park at the far end of the car park and walk over the fields.

Rootstocks £2.50 each.

SLOG Newsletter Winter 2017

Apple blossom

Andy's 34th newsletter for SLOG, and still as interesting and informative as ever.

As well as the usual update on SLOG activities, of which there are many at this time of year, find out about buying trees at a favourable discount via SLOG.




Apple Trees for Sale

Katy apple

For SLOG's apple trees, grafted in 2017 are now ready for planting, please see our Apple Trees for Sale. SLOG has specially selected varieties and rootstocks that do well here in the North West. Price £13.50. Please contact Adele.




Our Guide to Planting a Maiden Tree

Plant a maiden tree



Read and print off our guide to planting your new tree. Put together by Mike for everyone who buys a SLOG tree, it's now available for all. We hope you like it, and find it helpful.





The Apples and Orchards of Cumbria

Our chairman, Andy Gilchrist has written a book about the apple varieties and orchards of Cumbria. It is on sale, for £9.00 + P&P and can also be ordered direct from Andy by contacting him on