All members are welcome to sit in on our committee meetings which are held at 7.30pm at the Derby Arms, Witherslack. The date of the next meeting is Tuesday, February 10th 2015.

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.





SLOG Newsletter Summer 2015

Apple blossom

Once again, Andy has written an enjoyable newsletter. Learn about the stink bug, Isaac Newton's tree and walnuts.

What more can you ask for on a chilly summer's evening?



Summer Orchard Visit, date to be advised, hopefully in June

Saturday 18 th July – Open Day at Sizergh Castle

Watch the National Trust Sizergh website for more details.


SLOG AGM on Tuesday July 28th 7.30pm at Levens Institute

This is your chance to air your views on what SLOG should or should not be doing and help shape our future strategy. There will be a talk on apple breeding and an apple tasting.

 Directions: From M6 jnctn 36 go 4 miles on A591 towards Kendal, then A590 Barrow, then after 2 miles turn right signposted Levens. Go to centre of village, Institute is on crossroads across from Methodist Chapel. Park on roads nearby.

Saturday August 15th 1.30– 4.30pm – Budding Workshop, Growing Well, Sizergh

Budding workshopLearn the skill of budding which nurseries prefer over grafting, and if your bud does not take, you can still graft onto the rootstock next spring which means you get two chances of success instead of one!

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. Admission: Free to SLOG members. There will be a charge for the rootstock.

Saturday August 22nd 2.00 – 5.00pm Summer Pruning Workshop, Brantwood Coniston Water LA21 8AD.

Summer pruningSummer pruning is a useful means to slow the growth of over-vigorous trees. Bring your own secateurs and ladders if you have them.

Directions: 2½ miles from Coniston on NE shore of Coniston Water



Further Dates for your Diary

Thurs 10-Sep 9.00am-5.00pm Westmorland County Show, Lane Farm, Crooklands 
Sat & Sun 19/20 Sept Sizergh Castle Juicing Day
Sat 26-Sep 10.00am-4.00pm Apple Pressing at Wilf's Cafe, Staveley 
Sat 03-Oct Arnside AONB Apple Day
Sat 03-Oct 10.30am-4.00pm Ford Park Apple Day, Ulverston
Sat 10-Oct 10.00am-4.00pm SLOG Members Apple Pressing Day at Witherslack
Sun 11-Oct 10.00am-4.00pm Apple Day at Acorn Bank
Tues 24-Nov 7.30pm Winter Talk 7.30pm, Levens Institute



Apple Trees for Sale

Katy appleFor SLOG's apple trees, grafted this year, and now ready for planting, please see our Apple Trees for Sale page. SLOG has speically selected varieties and rootstocks that do well here in the North West. Price £13.50. Please contact Adele.



Bob Bradley also has trees for sale the same price. Please contact Bob direct for more information on 01539 552340

Bob Bradley's Trees for Sale
Rootstock Year Quantity
Keswick Codlin MM106 2015 2
Bradleys Beauty MM106 2015 3
Scotch Bridgit MM106 2015 2
Duke of Devonshire MM106 2015 2
Ellisons Orange MM106 2015 1
St Edmonds Pippin MM106 2015 1
Saturn MM106 2015 1
Red Devil MM106 2015 1
Laxton's Superb MM106 2015 2
Keswick Codlin M111 2014 1
Tom Putt M25 2013 2
Scotch Bridgit M25 2013 3
John Standish M25 2013 1
Lord Lambourne M25 2013 3
Saturn M25 2013 1
Adams Permain M25 2013 1



SLOG's Committee Officers

Our officers are:

Chair: Penny Hinsinger

Adam - membership secretary

Membership Secretary: Adam Rubinstein.

Adam has been on the SLOG committee for several years. He says:

I am passionate about gardening, particularly fruit and vegetables. Although growing apples at 750 ft on poor soil does have it’s challenges, I manage to get apples most years. Soft fruit does better, particularly blackcurrants, gooseberries and blueberries. I am also interested in yoga, healthy lifestyles and alternative medicine.”

Adam can be contacted about all membership issues on

Treasurer: Adam Walker

The Apples and Orchards of Cumbria

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