Longney Pruning Workshops, February and March 2022

Update:  Sorry, 14th March workshop is now fully booked and 7th March workshop has been cancelled.

Martin Hayes is leading a series of informal pruning workshops at GOT’s lovely Longney Orchard (south of Gloucester by the River Severn).

These are for GOT members only.   Cost will be £10 per head.

Please book one session (booking essential) through Ann Smith ann@smithcovell.co.uk who can advise on payment methods.  You can also pay via this PayPal button:


If you pay by PayPal please also email Ann with details of which session you’re booking.

Dates: Mondays 14 February, 7 March, 14 March.  Noon-3pm

Martin will go through Health and Safety and we would need everyone to sign in with an emergency contact phone number please. Bring own tools, gloves and boots. Martin is very knowledgeable and there’s always something to learn and share. Stone fruit will not be pruned – only May to September on dry days for plums and cherries to reduce the chance of silver leaf disease.

We look forward to seeing you! If you are not a member and would like to attend, please join GOT at https://glosorchards.org/home/join-us-got-membership/

If you are a community orchard group you get a year’s free membership. Please enquire via Ann.

 

 

Hartpury OC Wassail CANCELLED

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Sorry, this event has been cancelled due to Covid related issues.

The annual Wassail at the National Perry Pear Centre/Hartpury Orchard Centre.

Friday 21 January 2022, from 7pm depending on what is permitted.

We are advising folks to check our website on the day, in case it is called off.

Obviously we don’t now know if we will be serving food, but will if we can.

More information will be posted at https://www.hartpuryheritage.org.uk/events/

Orchard Learning Programme blooms again in 2022 – Horfield Organic Community Orchard

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This hands-on and holistic 9 month course is designed to deepen the knowledge and sharpen the skills of those involved in the close care of fruit trees and orchards.

Participants are guided through a growing season and partnered up with a couple of ‘Tree Buddies’ from March to October. The blend of group learning days and one-to-one sessions is another special feature.

All sessions take place in the richly diverse out door learning environment of Horfield Organic Community Orchard in Bristol. Some previous fruit growing experience is needed.

The Orchard Learning Programme is ideal for those involved with community orchards, food growing projects or enterprises with a large number of fruit trees, professional gardeners, and keen amateur gardeners.

Deadline for applications is Friday 28 January 2022.

More information, course outline, fees, and dates on the HOCO website.

Contact: hocopips@gmail.com or phone 0117 373 1587

Longney Apple Pruning and Orchard Maintenance Workshop 16th December 2021

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Martin Hayes is leading workshops at GOT’s lovely Longney Orchard (south of Gloucester by the River Severn) 10am-3pm or whatever time you can spare. Pandemic permitting.

No charge for GOT members. More details will be sent later to those who are interested. The morning session will either be pruning medium sized trees (no ladders) or helping to maintain the trees in other ways.

Then switch over in the afternoon.

Martin will go through Health and Safety and we would need everyone to sign in with an emergency contact phone number please. Bring own tools, gloves and boots. Thank you! Martin is very knowledgeable and there’s always something to learn and share. Stone fruit will not be pruned – only May to September on dry days for plums and cherries to reduce the chance of silver leaf disease.

Please book through Ann Smith ann@smithcovell.co.uk

Places will be limited. We look forward to seeing you!

There is another workshop on 11th January next year.

Apple Grafting Workshop 19th February 2022

At Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Bristol, BS36 1SE

Booking essential – https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/bristol/winterbourne-medieval-barn/apple-grafting-workshop/e-kvdqjb

Come and learn how to graft apple trees on this course under the tuition of Ben Raskin, a previous commercial fruit grower and an enthusiastic, effective and very knowledgeable teacher, now Head of Horticulture at The Soil Association.

Grafting is the process of propagating new trees. You take the scion wood which is a twig from a variety of apple tree that you like, and then fuse it to the rootstock. The rootstock is the branch or stem of another tree which has been selected for size, or tolerance of certain soil conditions. This way you can clone fruit varieties, guaranteeing that the fruit on the tree is as tasty as you want it to be!

You will learn why we graft, how to graft and put these skills into practice by forming at least three grafts that you can take away at the end of the day.

Everybody who has provided feed back from previous course has rated the course as excellent. Here are some quotes from previous attendees:
‘Learning a new skill that I feel confident I can use independently and that I came away with 4 trees that I have made’
‘Excellent information. Good guidance. Friendly and fun.’
‘Hands on, great support and encouragement throughout, taking part in an ancient practice.’
‘Friendly, no previous knowledge/experience required. Time for everyone, un-rushed and relaxed.’

We will provide some common varieties for grafting. If you have a favourite that you wish to propagate, then bring your own wood to graft. If there is a particular variety that you wish to graft but do not have the wood, please let us know and we will attempt to procure some wood for you. The only equipment you will need to bring is a very sharp knife (e.g. a Stanley Knife) and some secateurs.

Cost £45, tea coffee and biscuits will be provided, please bring your own lunch.

If you have any questions about this workshop, please contact Robert on 0117 957 4921.

Booking essential – https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/bristol/winterbourne-medieval-barn/apple-grafting-workshop/e-kvdqjb

Leonard Stanley Community Orchard Apple Day 17th October 2021

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12 to 5pm, in the churchyard of St Swithuns, Leonard Stanley.  Free entry.
If you haven’t experienced an apple day before, its great fun for all ages and you don’t need to bring your own apples, but you can press them if you bring them.
We will have collected some apples from local orchards for people to have a go.
Please bring receptacles to take home your juice.
If you have suitable plastic containers (milk or soda bottles you will be able to freeze it too).
One trug full of apples produces 9-14 litres of juice.

Folk of Gloucester Apple Day 23rd October 2021

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10 am – 4 pm.

The Folk of Gloucester’s Annual Celebration of Apples and Cider making in Gloucestershire with over 30 apples found exclusively in Gloucestershire.

There will be a range of ciders to try and buy from Severn Cider. The cider mill will be open today.

Lassington Oak will be giving an insight in to Morris Dancing with Folk music playing throughout the building.

Orchard talk by Martin Hayes of Gloucestershire Orchard Trust.

The café will be open and there will be children’s activities throughout the day.

Free entry to all.  Details at https://www.gloucestercivictrust.org/the-folk/

Cotswold Canals Apple Appreciation Day, 21st October 2021

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Please join Cotswold Canals Trust to raise a jar or two for Gloucestershire’s Canalside Orchard

And to raise funds for the planting of 4km of sustainable hedgerows along the canal corridor. 🍺🌱

Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Gloucestershire and Berkeley Vale CPRE have joined forces with Cotswold Canals Connected to sponsor 1km of hedgerow. This event will support the ongoing fundraising for the project.
What to expect from the event 👇
🍎 Cider tasting along with locally produced cheese. Kindly supported by Tim Andrews and Orchard Revival and Severn Cider
🍎 Talk to experts and hear first hand about the great work in orchard revival in Gloucestershire
🍎 Sponsor your very own Family Tree and be part of the regeneration of ancient Gloucestershire varieties
🍎 Meet local producers and be inspired by this county we call home.
Tickets cost £10pp and all funds raised will go towards the Cotswold Canals Connected Phase 1B biodiversity and Natural Environment project. 🌍

Winterbourne Medieval Barn Orchard Harvest Day, 10th October 2021

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Winterbourne Barn’s annual Orchard Harvest Day is back!  11am – 4pm on 10th October.

Visit the amazing Winterbourne Medieval Barn for a fun day out for all the family.

Celebrate the Great British Orchard with apple displays, and experts on hand to identify apple varieties. Enjoy entertainment from Terry Moules ferret-racing, and live music from Bygonz – music from a bygone age, and the Frampton Shantymen (among others). We’ll have a variety of artisan crafts traders and stalls from local groups. Plus plenty of kids activities throughout the day!

We’ll be serving locally sourced high quality food and drink all day.

A great day out with something for all ages!

Pre book tickets now! £5 adults, £1 children

Full details are at http://www.winterbournebarn.org.uk/event/orchard-harvest-day/

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