SLOG holds practical and interesting events for our members throughout the year including grafting and budding workshops (where you can create your own trees, all materials provided), pruning workshops for both standard and espallier trees, orchard visits, seasonal meetings with guest speakers and members apple pressing days where you can bring your own apples to be pressed (with some volume limits). We also have a stand that tours some of the local fairs and events. You always learn something at a SLOG event!
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Late June/early July – Summer Orchard Visit
Crookfoot Orchard, Gilpin Valley 2pm We hope to see the original old pear trees whose fruit we have recently been naming. If this visit is not possible on this date, we will seek to rearrange it for a later date to be advised.
Tuesday July 27th 7.30pm – SLOG AGM
Location to be advised on website Reports from Chairman, Treasurer & Membership Secretary and election of officers. This is your chance to air your views on what SLOG should or should not be doing and help shape our future strategy. Followed by our fifth annual soft fruit show. Categories include heaviest gooseberry, best strig of black/white/red currants, best display of 5 raspberries and 5 of any other berries.
Saturday August 7th 1.30 – 4.30pm
Budding & Summer Pruning Workshop,
Growing Well, Sizergh Learn the skill of budding which nurseries prefer over grafting. We will also demonstrate mid-year grafting which is a useful and sometimes more reliable alternative to budding. Summer pruning is a useful means to slow the growth of over-vigorous trees. We will practice summer pruning on the Growing Well collection of over 100 cordons. Bring your own secateurs if you have them (some will be provided).
From M6 junction 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 to the yurts.
The orchard planting is coming along. A plan of the orchard and its varieties is now available.
More details are on the SLOG Orchard page.
If you would like to join the orchard team, please email Andy Andy Gilchrist or call 01539 727772.
We see this as an opportunity to:
maintain some of the rarer Furness, Cumberland and Westmorland varieties, from which scion wood and/or buds can be provided for propagation
grow on grafts from unidentified trees to obtain fruit for identification
evaluate scab-resistant varieties under Cumbrian conditions
evaluate new rootstocks such as M116
evaluate the suitability of new varieties for Cumbrian conditions
etc etc (and it doesn't have to be just apples!)
SLOG Orchard in Kendal - Blossoming
Growing Well - Pruning and Grafting Workshops
Crookfoot Orchard - Gilpin Valley