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The South Lakeland Orchard Group was formed in 2007 by people who are passionate about orchard fruits in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria, England. In 2019 SLOG was awarded Plant Heritage National Collection status for Malus Domestica (North West English varieties).

Our aims are to conserve, maintain and renovate existing fruit orchards and encourage the planting of new orchards in the South Lakeland area recognising the importance of bio-diversity and the preservation of old local varieties of fruit.

Many members are re-invigorating their orchards using the traditional techniques used for hundreds of years in orchards. Others are actually planning new orchards for posterity.

Our members have a wide range knowledge about orchard maintenance, and also there is unparalled experience of local heritage varieties.

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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 Joanna Steven who will get you signed up now.

SLOG Newsletter Back Copies

Although currently not published, Most of Andy's 50 newsletters for SLOG

are available to read here.

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


  • 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.

Apple Trees for Sale

SLOG has a range of grafted apple trees for sale on different rootstocks - local heritage varieties, Northern and Scottish varieties and
other varieties that do well in
the North West.
{Here are descriptions} of
me of the varieties available
to he
lp you make your mind up.
Price is £20 per tree.

For a list of what's available and ready for planting, please see our
 {Apple Trees For Sale}

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Our Guide to Planting 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.

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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 from Books Cumbria, for £9.00 + P&P

and can also be ordered direct from Andy by contacting him on

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