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 Winter 2015
Once again, Andy has written an enjoyable newsletter.
Amongst other interesting articles, find out about Bitter Pit, Heritage Apple Variety: Dr. Harvey and
Fruit Focus: Greengage
Our New Guide to Planting 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.
Sunday 31 st Jan 2015 - SLOG Pruning Workshop, Grange Community Orchard. 1.30-4.30pm.
Join us for our ever popular workshop, learning to winter prune your trees - the key to healthy trees and a better harvest. 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
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:// www.lythdamsons.org.uk/
Apple Trees for Sale
For 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
SLOG's Committee Officers
Our officers are:
Chair: Penny Hinsinger
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.