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 thursday April 28th 2016. Here are the committee minutes from February 2016.

The SLOG Spring 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 Spring 2016

Apple blossom

Once again, Andy has written an enjoyable newsletter.

Amongst other interesting articles, find out about the weather, orchards in Afghanistan, biennial bearing, hybrid berries and making apple cider vinegar.




Our New Guide to Planting a Maiden Tree

Plant a maiden tree



Read and print off our new 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.




Saturday 5th March 2015 2.00–4.30pm SLOG Grafting Workshop, Growing Well, Sizergh LA8 8AE

Graft your own apple & pear trees using MM106, MM111, M26, M9 & 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.

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

Saturday 9th April 2015,(date provisional) Damson Day at Low Farm, Lyth Valley LA8 8DJ

Always a popular and friendly event. SLOG stand will be there again.

Directions : Take A590 to Gilpin Bridge, then A5074 direction Bowness for 2 miles to Low Farm. Admission £6 See website http://

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 Bridget 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 Bridget M25 2013 3
John Standish M25 2013 1
Lord Lambourne M25 2013 3
Saturn M25 2013 1
Adam's 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