All members are welcome to sit in on our committee meetings which are held at 7.30pm at the Derby Arms, Witherslack. The date of the next meeting is Tuesday 16th August at 7.30pm in the Snug at the Derby Arms Here are the committee minutes from June 2016.

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 2016

Apple blossom

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.



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

Plant 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

Katy appleFor 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

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 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