All members are welcome to sit in on our committee meetings which are held at 7.30pm at the Derby Arms, Witherslack.

Minutes of the last committee meeting are here

The next committee meeting on on Tuesday 5th September, 7.30pm at The Derby Arms

The SLOG summer 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.






SLOG Newsletter Summer 2017

Apple blossom

Andy's 32nd newsletter for SLOG, and still as interesting and informative as ever.

As well as the usual update on SLOG activities, of which there are many at this time of year, find out about buying trees at a favourable discount via SLOG, our winter and spring activities and lots more.




Tuesday July 25th 7.30pm – SLOG AGM - Note change of venue to Crook Memorial Hall

Directions: from Plumgarths roundabout (junction of A591 & B5284) go west, direction Crook, go past Sun Inn, through village, up steep hill, Hall is on left at top of hill. There is a good car park beside it. Date & time unchanged.

This is your chance to air your views on what SLOG should or should not be doing and help shape our future strategy.

Bring your biggest gooseberries and best strigs of black/red/white currants plus any other sft fruit for our soft fruit show.


Saturday August 12th 1.30 – 4.30pm – Budding & Summer Pruning Workshop, Growing Well, Sizergh

Learn the skill of budding which nurseries prefer over grafting. Summer pruning is a useful means to slow the growth of over-vigorous trees.

Bring your own secateurs if you have them.

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.


Results of SLOG Canker Survey

Thanks to Adam for carrying out, and analysing our survey of canker in members' apple trees.

The survey results are now available.

Apple Trees for Sale

Katy appleFor SLOG's apple trees, grafted in 2016 are now ready for planting, please see our Apple Trees for Sale. SLOG has specially selected varieties and rootstocks that do well here in the North West. Price £13.50. Please contact Adele.

We have now also done our annual grafting for 2017, and the trees will start to be available from late summer 2017.



Our Guide to Planting a Maiden Tree

Plant a maiden tree



Read and print off our 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.





The Apples and Orchards of Cumbria

Our chairman, Andy Gilchrist has written a book about the apple varieties and orchards of Cumbria. It is on sale, for £9.00 + P&P and can also be ordered direct from Andy by contacting him on