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!
Lyth Valley Pears.
These pears have fruited on newly grafted trees. Scionwood was collected for the purpose of propagation from very old trees in the Lyth Valley. At the present time, these fruits are unidentified. However, their individual characteristics have been noted.
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
Any queries please contact : Andy Gilchrist 01539 727772
SLOG Orchard working party this Saturday 22nd November from 10.00am.
The jobs to be done are:
Plant another 40 apple & pear trees Put more long canes in & bend over & tie in on 2yr old trees Add top wires on 3 rows
We know our regulars will be there, but if anyone else would like to come and join in for an hour or two, you will be most welcome.
Request for Help from Halecat
Halecat has an orchard "Nicks Bottom Orchard" which is a woodland damson and apple orchard, about 1.2 acres, on the western side of Halecat House in Witherslack.
They need an 'Orchard Guardian' to take over its care and maintenance.
Down the west side of the orchard is large area of hazel coppice which needs removing. Would anyone be interested in taking it FOC? Contact details are Steph Fry, based at Halecat, Witherslack, Grange Over Sands LA11 6RT Tel:01539 552387 m:0787 657 6874
Winter Meeting - Tuesday, December 2nd 2014. Jane Maggs talking on making preserves in Cumbria
We will provide bread, cheese, scones and biscuits to sample Jane's lovely jams and chutneys as she gives us a talk about the best way to make our fruit last all winter.
Members are invited to bring their own home-made preserves to enter a competition for Jane to judge. Apple trees for winners
Festive spirit Jacob's join. Please bring savouries/Cakes & pastries for sharing whilst judging takes place.
Extra Tea towels/ kitchen helpers most welcome
It will be held at the Levens Institute, Levens Village.
Winter Pruning Workshop - Sunday, February 1st 2015
Grange Community Orchard – plan for Saturday 1st Feb 2015, start 1.30pm
We are also looking at the possibility of a workshop for remedial pruning on old trees at Silverdale. to be confirmed.
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 websitehttp://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.
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.
Collection can be at either of our apple pressing days (above) or from Kendal. Price £13.50
Contact Ros for more information on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01539 741943.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.