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 2016
How does he do it?
Andy's 28th newsletter for SLOG, and still as interesting and informative as ever.
As well as the usual update on SLOG activities, find out all about the first multifruit tree, how to look out for nutrient deficiencies, the heritage apple variety: BLACK GILLYFLOWER, safety standard for gloves (all important when grafting and budding, as well as pruning), wildflowers and beneficial insects.
Saturday & Sunday from 10am 4th & 5th June – CountryFest
The SLOG stand will be in the Countryside Marquee. Drop in for a taste of Bob Bradley’s famous cider, our full-bodied apple juice, or just for a chat.
For info see: www.westmorlandshow.co.uk/country_fest.html
Directions: From M6 jnctn36, take Kirkby Lonsdale exit to next rdbt then first left onto A65 for approx ½ mile, turn left onto B6385 over canal, showfield on right.
Saturday June 25th – Sizergh Castle Summer Fete
Watch website for more info
Sunday 3rd July – Summer Orchard Visit
Meet at 2pm in the car park of Halecat Nursery follow brown signs for a guided walk around several orchards in Witherslack
Tuesday July 26th 7.30pm – SLOG AGM at Levens Institute
This is your chance to air your views on what SLOG should or should not be doing and help shape our future strategy. There will be guidance on how to hand thin your apples, plus a gooseberry and currant show.
Directions: From M6 jnctn 36 go 4 miles on A591 towards Kendal, then A590 Barrow, then after 2 miles turn right signposted to Levens. Go to centre of village, Institute is on crossroads across from the Methodist Chapel. Park on the roads nearby.
Saturday August 13th 1.30 - 4.30pm – Budding and Summer Pruning Workshop, Growing Well, Sizergh
Learn the skill of budding which nurseries prefer over grafting, and if your bud does not take, you can still graft onto the rootstock next spring which means you get two chances of success instead of one!
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
Our 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.
Apple Trees for Sale
For SLOG's apple trees, grafted in 2015, and now ready for planting, please see our Apple Trees for Sale page. 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 2016, and the trees will start to be available from late summer 2016. See the list if you wish to reserve your choice. Again, Adele is the person to contact.
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 former 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.