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 November 13, 7.30pm at the Derby Arms

The SLOG Autumn 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 Winter Meeting: Tuesday 20th November meet at 7.30pm at Crook Memorial Hall

Recent DNA analyses have demonstrated that we have discovered several unique varieties of apples and pears in local orchards.

Until now, these varieties have been known only by code numbers but they now need proper names like any other recognised variety. At this meeting we will describe each variety and its location and then attempt to conjure up an appropriate name for it.

Come along and join in the fun of naming our new babies! There will of course be refreshments, apple juice and socialising. 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

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

SLOG Newsletter Autumn 2018

Apple blossom

Andy's 37th 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. 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