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, February 3rd 2015.

The SLOG wintyer 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.





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.

SLOG Community Orchard Grant Scheme

SLOG has a new grant scheme open to community orchard members who wish to have help with planting, maintaining or harvesting. For more infomation and the application form go to the Grants page

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

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 website

Apple Trees for Sale

Katy appleFor 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.

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

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.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'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 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