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 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.





Dates for Your Diary, and More!

Spring Newsletter is now available

Andy has done another great job in creating an fascinating and readable newsletter with some very interesting articles about new and old apple varieties, orchards to visit, moles and new types of fruit as well as a round-up of SLOG events and updates on SLOG services, products and activities


The SLOG Grant Application Scheme 2014

SLOG welcomes applications from SLOG members for grants of up to £200 or 20 trees for the planting of community orchards. We can offer ongoing support and advice and arrange to visit the orchard annually.

Membership details can be obtained on the website

Locations qualifying for the SLOG grant will be at the Committee's discretion.

To help us understand your project and to support your particular needs, please fill in the form and return it as soon as possible and not later than the deadline of end January 2015 to:

South Lakeland Orchard Group
The Coach House
Bannel Head
Windermere Road
Kendal, Cumbria
Any queries please contact : Andy Gilchrist 01539 727772

Grafting Workshop - Saturday March 7th 2014 - Growing Well, Sizergh, Kendal

Graft your own apple & pear trees using 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. Admission: Free to SLOG members. There will be a charge for the rootstock.

Saturday 11th April 2015, 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

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.

In addition, Ros has the popular apple varieties, Katy (dessert shown left) and Scotch Bridget (dual purpose, shown right) trees for sale.

Also grafted this year, and container grown, they are already tall and healthy and will be ready to plant out now. They are suitable to be grown on as a tree, cordon or espalier.Scotch Bridget apple

Collection can be at either of our apple pressing days (above) or from Kendal. Price £13.50

Contact Ros for more information on or telephone 01539 741943.




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