SLOG Events


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!  


Sunday 18th September Dalemain Harvest Celebration

(details on NCOG website) Home ( Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens in The Lake District | Places to see


Sunday 25th September 11.00am to 3.00pm

Acorn Bank Apple identification (no pressing)

Acorn Bank | National Trust


Saturday October 1st 10am - 3pm

Members' Apple Pressing Day at Abi & Toms Garden Centre, Halecat, Witherslack  Following the success of previous years, we plan again to operate a booking system. Bring up to 40kg of apples for a single batch pressing. All welcome. Free to members, and visitors can join on the day. To book a time slot, phone Dick Palmer on 01229 716095 or 07799 615750 or email              

Directions: Follow A590 west and take the Witherslack turning. Pass the Derby Arms and take the left turn in the village centre. Follow the brown signs for Halecat Garden Centre.  


Saturday October 1st 11.00am to 3.00pm

Apple Day at Ford Park, Ulverston Bring your (clean) spare or windfall apples for juicing and containers for the juice. For directions etc see:


Sunday 2nd October

Hutton-in-the-Forest Apple Day (details on NCOG website) Hutton-in-the-Forest historic house and garden close to the Lake District


Sunday 9th October 10.00am – 4.00pm

Beetham Nursery Apple Day Apple identification and advice. To identify your apples, bring at least three apples from each tree.

Directions: Beetham Nurseries


Sunday 16th October Community Apple Pressing

at Dick Palmer’s for Broughton-in-Furness & Coniston Booking essential, call Dick 07799 615750


Saturday October 22nd 10.00am - 2.00pm

Sedbergh Apple Day at The Peoples Hall, Howgill Lane, Sedbergh LA10 5DQ          Organised by COGS (Community Orchard Group Sedbergh), there will be apple pressing using the Spiedel Mill & Hydropress, apple identification & advice, other related stands & music



Sunday October 30th 10.00am - 3.00pm

Members' Apple pressing day at Sprint Mill, Burneside The final opportunity to bring your apples for pressing into juice. Don’t forget to bring containers for the juice and bags to carry away the spent pulp.

Directions: From Burneside take road past paper mill towards A6, Immediately before bridge over River Sprint take track on left for 100yds then park on left.


SLOG Fruit Press Hire: As the apple pressing season begins, here is the hiring process for the Speidel Mill + Hydropress kit.
If you wish to hire the Speidel Mill + Hydropress kit, email
Mike Gibson at: or phone 015395 68639 with your requested date(s). Collection and return must be made between the hours of 9.00-9.30am and 4.30-5.00pm at Tarnside Farm, Crosthwaite LA8 8BU. Please respect these hours since this is a working farm.

Directions: The farm is situated 200yds up a narrow lane off the A5074 just south of the A5074 junction with Totter Bank. As you turn into the farmyard, fork right to the barn, don’t go left to the house where turning is difficult. Hire charge is unchanged at £20 per day of use. Please return the equipment clean and ready for the next person to use. These details & directions with photos are also on the attached word.doc (click here).  


The big press & trailer will again be based at Dick Palmer’s at Foxfield, so to book that, email Dick at        
Rootstock orders: As per previous years, SLOG will consolidate orders from members for rootstocks for delivery in January 2023 in time for grafting. Rootstocks available include:  

Apple: MM106/MM111/M25/M26/M9/M27

Pear: Quince A/C/Kirchensaller    

Plum: St. Julien A/ Krymsk VVA1.          

We have a trade account with Matthews so if there is anything else you’d like to purchase from the Matthews website: just add it to your rootstock order and we should be able to get it at a useful discount from the retail price and without you incurring carriage costs.   Apple rootstock prices vary between £1-£2.50 each depending on total numbers ordered. Email Andy Gilchrist at or phone 01539 727772 to place your order.      Deadline for orders is the end of September. 

Orchard Events


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:


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SLOG Orchard Summer Prune

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SLOG Mill Fields Orchard

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Gilchrist Gold - Pear from Crook Foot Orchard

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Juice Making

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Crookfoot Orchard - Gilpin Valley