What's New at the South Lakeland Orchard Group
SLOG Events 2013
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 Jill who will get you signed up now.
Trees for Sale
SLOG are now able to offer maiden trees for sale which were grafted by ourselves in spring 2013. In addition, our member, Bob Bradley, also has maiden trees for sale.
If you are interested in Bob's trees, please email him for prices and availabilty on firstname.lastname@example.org His list of trees for sale is:
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Winter Newsletter Now Out
The latest SLOG newsletter is now out and it contains lots of interesting reading including reviews of our summer events, news of forthcoming events, details of our newly acquired tree labelling equipment for members to use (should be foolproof......... well they work for me!), Phil's favourite apple variety and much more, including a plea for new committee members – please read this!
Members who have used plastic labels on trees may have been irritated by their tendency to become brittle after a couple of years, break off and get lost. Or if not, for the writing to fade away and become illegible. The most elegant solution to this problem is to use metal Alitags, but these are quite expensive at about £1 each.
The most cost-effective is a Wells & Winter product shown below, using silver pen on a rigid black plastic label measuring 2 x 3½” (5x9cm), giving a permanent and very visible result. SLOG has purchased a box of these labels plus silver pens. They are available to members at 15p each along with a deposit for the pen (if taken away) and will be available at our winter meeting on the 3rd of December.
Elstar is a Dutch mid-season dessert apple which was bred in 1955 by crossing Ingrid Marie and Golden Delicious. It was introduced in 1972 and received the RHS Award of Garden Merit in 1993.
It has superceded Jonagold as Holland's most widely grown variety, producing 100,00MT/yr out of their annual total apple production of 300,000MT/yr. It is a popular new variety throughout Europe with a total EU production of 400,000MT, representing 4% of total EU apple production. However, production peaked in 2009, followed by slight decline due to competition from other newer varieties.
Tree suppliers claim that Elstar is disease-resistant, and sing the praises of its crisp juicy texture and sweet honeyed flavour. Picking time is October and it can be stored through to year-end.
Chris Braithwaite has a tree in production at Acorn Bank and vouches for its good flavour. We also have the variety in the SLOG orchard and expect a crop from it this year in order to make a local judgement on its performance and taste.
Because it is one of the older of the new apple varieties, it is not protected by Plant Breeders Rights, which means we can graft it and sell the resultant trees without needing a licence or paying royalties.