All members are welcome to sit in on our committee meetings which are held at 7.30pm at the Derby Arms, Witherslack. The date of the next meeting in February is to be confirmed. Here are the committee minutes of November2016.

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.

 

 

 

SLOG Newsletter Winter 2016

Apple blossom

Andy's 30th newsletter for SLOG, and still as interesting and informative as ever.

As well as the usual update on SLOG activities, of which there are many at this time of year, find out about buying trees at a favourable discount via SLOG, our winter and spring activities and lots more.

 

 

Results of SLOG Canker Survey

Thanks to Adam for carrying out, and analysing our survey of canker in members' apple trees.

The survey results are now available.

Sunday 29th Jan 2016 - SLOG Pruning Workshop, Grange Community Orchard. 1.30-4.30pm.

Join us for our ever popular workshop, learning to winter prune your trees - the key to healthy trees and a better harvest. Bring your own secateurs (but some will be provided).

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 4th March 2016 2.00–4.30pm SLOG Grafting Workshop, Growing Well, Sizergh LA8 8AE                                 

Graft your own apple & pear trees using MM106, MM111, M26, M9 & Quince A rootstocks and a wide range of scion wood varieties. Led by Hilary with advice from other experienced members. 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 interchangeturn 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.

 

Saturday 15th April 2016, (date provisional) Damson Day at Low Farm, Lyth Valley LA8 8DJ.

 

Always a popular and friendly event. SLOG stand will be there again.

Directions: Take A590 to Gilpin Bridge, then A5074 direction Bowness for 2 miles to Low Farm. See website http://www.lythdamsons.org.uk/

Apple Trees for Sale

Katy appleFor SLOG's apple trees, grafted in 2015, and now ready for planting, please see our Apple Trees for Sale page. SLOG has specially selected varieties and rootstocks that do well here in the North West. Price £13.50. Please contact Adele.

We have now also done our annual grafting for 2016, and the trees will start to be available from late summer 2016. See the list if you wish to reserve your choice. Again, Adele is the person to contact.

 

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 andyjgilchrist@hotmail.co.uk.