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!
To see the new govt Covid-19 regs relevant to this event can be found >>> here <<<
The blossom was early and magnificent – if you missed it, check out the photos on the SLOG Picture Gallery.
Saturday 23rd January - CANCELLED
SLOG Pruning Workshop, Grange Community Orchard The National Lockdown means that our winter pruning workshop cannot go ahead this year. Since the duration of restrictions is unclear, we have decided to cancel this event completely.
Saturday 27th February 2021 2.00–4.30pm
SLOG Grafting Workshop, Growing Well, Sizergh LA8 8AE
Due to the uncertain outlook for the development of the pandemic towards the end of the National Lockdown, the planned date for this event now looks somewhat optimistic. We will attempt to reschedule to a later date in March if necessary.
Any further information will be posted on the website.
Graft your own apple & pear trees using M26, MM106, MM111 & Quince A rootstocks and a wide range of scion wood varieties. 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 and we will have sanitiser available to sterilise them between users. This activity is deemed safe since it will be outdoors in the “giraffe house” and 2m social distancing will be observed. However, if the six person rule is again in place, we may have to operate a booking system. Rootstocks £2.50 each
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.
SLOG Orchard in Kendal - Blossoming
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 Stand at Damson Day in Lyth Valley 2019
Grange-over-Sands - Community orchard
Growing Well - Pruning and Grafting Workshops