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!
Saturday 21st January: Winter Pruning Workshop at Grange Community Orchard. Meet at north (station) end of the orchard. Start 1.30pm. We will cover the theory of pruning (why, when & how) apples and other orchard fruit, also the tools used (secateurs, loppers, saws). Then you can have a go yourself, try all the different tools, ask any questions, and learn the skill of pruning hands-on before you go home and prune your own trees. Bring your own secateurs if you have them, but SLOG equipment is available. Finish whenever you’ve done enough or 4pm latest. Stout footwear recommended. Free to SLOG members, no need for advance booking. Directions: Near Grange-over-Sands railway station, just south of the B5277/B5271 roundabout, opposite the Ornamental Gardens. Car parking on opposite side of road or in nearby carparks.
Saturday 25th February: Grafting Workshop at Growing Well, Sizergh, LA8 8AE. Meet at the Yurts at 2pm. Graft your own apple & pear trees using M27, M9, M26, MM106, MM111, M25 & Quince A rootstocks and a wide range of apple & pear scion wood varieties. Hilary Wilson and Phil Rainford will demonstrate grafting methods and assist your efforts. 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. SLOG grafting knives will be available for anybody who does not have their own. Free to SLOG members, no need for advance booking.
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. Rootstocks £2.50 each. Finish by 4.30pm.
Grange Community Orchard Winter Prune
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 Summer Prune
Grange Community Orchard
Gilchrist Gold - Pear from Crook Foot Orchard
Crook Foot Orchard - Gilpin Valley