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!
Wednesday July 26th 7.30pm – SLOG AGM
Crook Memorial Hall Reports from Chairman, Treasurer, Membership Secretary & Web Editor 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 seventh 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. Refreshments provided, cakes etc welcome! Directions: From Plumgarth roundabout at the north end of Kendal, take B5284 direction Bowness. Go through Crook village, past the Sun Inn, then up the hill and the Hall is on your left at the top of the hill. Satnav LA8 8LG
Saturday August 5th 1.30 – 4.30pm – Budding & Summer Pruning Workshop,
Growing Well, Sizergh Learn the skill of budding which nurseries prefer over grafting. 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). 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 to the yurts.
Apple Day & Pressing Events (timings & other details to be advised later):
Sunday 10th September - SLOG members apple pressing at Halecat, time slots to be booked with Dick Palmer
Sunday 17th September – Dalemain Harvest Celebrations
Saturday 30th September – Ford Park Apple Day, Ulverston, apple pressing & identification (date provisional)
Sunday 1st October – Hutton-in-the-Forest Apple Day, apple pressing & identification by NCOG
Sat/Sun 7/8th October – Beetham Nursery Apple weekend, apple pressing & identification
Sunday 8th October – Acorn Bank Apple Identification
Sunday 15th October – SLOG members apple pressing at Foxfield (date provisional)
Saturday 21st October – Sedbergh Apple Day, apple pressing & identification
Sunday 29th October – SLOG members apple pressing at Sprint Mill, Burneside
SLOG Annex Orchard in flower
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!)
North Cumbria Orchard Group Events
NCOG events are open to SLOG Members as a reciprocal arrangement.
A link to NCOG events can be found by clicking here:
SLOG Orchard Spring Working Party
Gilchrist Gold - Pear from Crook Foot Orchard
SLOG Orchard Spring Colours
Crook Foot Orchard - Gilpin Valley