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Stone Fruit: An orchard conference
Saturday, August 19th, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm£15
The Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project is delighted to offer tickets for Stone fruit: An orchard conference. Taking place in the lovely setting of Hartpury College, this is an exciting opportunity for orchard enthusiasts, fruit lovers, growers and researchers to come together to network and share experiences, knowledge and resources.
Our line up of speakers includes Jim Arbury (RHS), Nick Dunn ( RHS, Frank P Matthews), Helen Stace (Colwall Orchard Group), Jenni Waugh and Professor Maggie Andrews (University of Worcester), Paul Read (Suffolk Traditional Orchard Group) and Dr. Matt Ordige (University of Reading), covering topics as diverse as pests and diseases to social history and local collections. And while the emphasis is on traditional orchards we’ll also be looking at what the future holds for growing and conserving our local stone fruits.
At lunch time you’ll be able to browse our orchard ‘bazaar’ – stalls offering advice and information , including Natural England, the Animal and Plant Health Agency, Walcot’s organic nursery, Bewdley cherry expert, Brian Stephens, The People’s Trust for Endangered Species and local orchard and conservation groups. There will also be a chance to look at Gloucestershire Orchard Trust’s pioneering LOMIS orchard mapping system, now being trialled in their orchards.
We’re also encouraging you to bring along your own stone fruit to add to a display table – let’s see how many varieties we can show !
The Heritage Lottery Fund is providing generous sponsorship towards the event, which means that we are able to offer tickets for just £15, to include lunch and refreshments.We hope that means a wide range of orchard enthusiasts will be able to come along and take part in the day.
And for those who are travelling from afar, there’s the opportunity to meet at Hartpury Orchard Centre (GL19 3DB) on Friday 18th August, where the Hartpury Trust is offering the chance of a guided tour of the National Perry Pear collection, including their bush tree trials, together with a talk on feral fruit, by Jim Chapman, beginning at 5pm. The Hartpury event is free and bbq food and cider/perry will be on sale from 7pm.
So please join us for what promises to be a really great event !
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