All members are welcome to sit in on our committee meetings. the date of the next meeting is yet to be decided.

The SLOG Autumn 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.





Saturday September 27th- 11.00am to 4.00pm - Apple Pressing at Wilf's Cafe, Staveley near Kendal

Apple pressingBring your (clean) spare or windfall apples for juicing and lots of bottles - you'll get more juice than you think! Come along even if you don't have any apples to press, you can always sample someone else's.

Tea and refreshments will be available all day in Wilf's cafe with lots of apple specials. See: for more details.

Bring your apples to be identified if you do not know the variety.

All activities on the day are FREE but donations are welcomed! Get inspired! Share your abundance! It'll be a fun family day out, whether you have fruit trees or not.

Please use public transport where possible - Staveley is well connected by train and the 555 bus.


Sat Oct 4th 10.00-4.00pm - SLOG's Apple Pressing Day at Thornbarrow, Witherslack

Apple juice


Once again, members have a chance to bring their apples for pressing into juice. It can be pasteurised and kept for a delightful drink, or brewed into delicious cider. All welcome.

Free to members, and visitors can join on the day.

DIRECTIONS: Follow A590 west and take the Witherslack turning. Pass the Derby Arms and take the 2nd turning on the left (in the village). Follow the road up the hill and take the 1st turning on the left into Thornbarrow.


Levens Apple Pressing Day – Saturday 18 Oct 2014 - 10am - 3pm

This is open to all residents of Levens and surrounding villages. There is no charge but donations towards the cost are welcome. It takes place at Levens School from 10am – 3pm.

DIRECTIONS: Entering Levens from Levens Bridge, turn left just after the playing fields and the school is 100yds on the left. Entering Levens from the A590 by the Hare & Hounds, turn right just before the Hare & Hounds and follow this road past the church and it bears right after about 400yds, and the school is 100 yds on the right.

We will have two presses running. Two pasteurisers will be set up in the school kitchen. Please wash all apples and discard any with fungal attack. Bruised windfalls are OK. Bring your own juice containers. Maiden apple trees and some soft fruit trees will be on sale. We still need volunteers to help on the day.

For details ring Hugh Connor on 015395 60534

Apple Trees for Sale

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

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 announces new committee officers

We are delighted that at the AGM on July 28th, new officers volunteered, and were voted in by a record attendance of members. See for more

Our officers are now:

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