All members are welcome to sit in on our committee meetings which are held at 7.30pm at the Derby Arms, Witherslack.

Minutes of the last committee meeting are here

The next committee meeting is on Tuesday 5th February,7.30pm at the Derby Arms

The SLOG Winter Newsletter is now available

SLOG members can get discounts from Beetham Nurseries (5% off all products), and RV Roger (10% off fruit trees and bushes). Please have your membership card and number ready to quote before your sale goes through the till

SLOG Orchard If you want to be involved in the orchard, please email Andy or call him on 01539 727772.

What's New at the South Lakeland Orchard Group


SLOG - The South Lakeland Orchard Group

All of our events are free to members. We welcome new members who can join at the event - just £10 for a couple, and £8 singles. Alternatively, look on our joining page and contact Adam who will get you signed up now.





Winter Pruning Workshop: Sunday 9th December

Sarah Bradley has offered us the opportunity of using Bob's orchard for a pruning workshop, so we can have a go at learning new pruning skills on some different trees.

This will be essentially maintenance pruning on mature trees, but all kinds of pruning techniques will be discussed and the full range of pruning tools available to practise with.

Bring your own secateurs (but some will be provided).

Meet at 1.30pm at Thornbarrow Hill outside garage where members apple pressing day used to take place.

Directions:From A590 take Witherslack turning. Go past Derby Arms and turn left in village centre. After half a mile take left turning onto rough track and park at bottom of lane. Satnav LA11 6RR

Saturday 9th March 2019 2.00–4.30pm SLOG Grafting Workshop, Growing Well, Sizergh LA8 8AE

Graft your own apple & pear trees using M25, 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.

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

SLOG Newsletter Winter 2018

Apple blossom

Andy's 38th newsletter for SLOG, and still as interesting and informative as ever.






Apple Trees for Sale

Katy apple


For SLOG's apple trees, grafted in 2018 are now ready for planting, please see our Apple Trees for Sale. SLOG has specially selected varieties and rootstocks that do well here in the North West. Here is a description of each variety to help you make up your mind. Price £13.50. Please contact Adele.




Our Guide to Planting a Maiden Tree

Plant a maiden tree



Read and print off our guide to planting your new tree. Put together by Mike for everyone who buys a SLOG tree, it's now available for all. We hope you like it, and find it helpful.





The Apples and Orchards of Cumbria

Our chairman, Andy Gilchrist has written a book about the apple varieties and orchards of Cumbria. It is on sale, for £9.00 + P&P and can also be ordered direct from Andy by contacting him on