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 September 11th 2018

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.





Sally Beamish Memorial Event at Brantwood, 2pm on Saturday 4th August

Sally was Head Gardener at Brantwood for many years and led the restoration of the gardens in John Ruskin’s presumed style. Despite her illness, Sally was an active member of SLOG and participated in events whenever possible. This memorial event is planned to celebrate her life and achievements.

Butterfly Conservation’s Facilitation Group is organising a scything morning and a meadow afternoon at Sprint Mill, Burneside LA8 9AQ, by kind permission of Romola and Edward Acland onFriday 10th August.

The morning event will start at 10 am and will cover setting up, sharpening and peening scythes. If you have a scythe, bring it along, if you don’t have one, come along and find out why you should! There will be time to eat a packed lunch between 12.30 and 1.30. Tea and coffee will be provided. The afternoon session will give a chance to look round the meadows and orchard, discuss meadow plants and management as well as seeing moths from a trap set the previous night. There will also be a chance to practice scything skills if wanted.

If you are interested in any or all parts of this event, please let Tonia know: email is: or text 07398 770677

SLOG’s budding and summer pruning workshop on Saturday 11th August: details in the Newsletter.

The next SLOG Orchard working party will take place on Saturday 25th August from 10am for up to 3hrs.

Objectives are to summer prune the trees, tie in new growth and adjust ties & canes where necessary. Some of the early varieties should be ready to pick so there will be fruit to sample & take away. For anybody contemplating planting local apple varieties, this is a good opportunity to see and discuss the merits of the whole range of Northern English apple varieties. All welcome.


SLOG Newsletter Autumn 2018

Apple blossom

Andy's 37th newsletter for SLOG, and still as interesting and informative as ever.






SLOG AGM July 2018

The 2018 SLOG AGM minutes, Chairman's report and accounts are here.

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