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July 2017

Pruning Workshop at Astmans Orchard, Longney

Saturday, July 1st, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

A Pruning Workshop at Astmans Orchard, Longney, organised by GOT for the Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project at Astmans Orchard, Longney  Grid Ref SO 760140.  Thanks to Angela Scrivin. 10.00 to 15.00 or whatever time you can spare. This is a great opportunity to learn the skills of pruning stone fruit, which should only be pruned in summer, at Angela's plum orchard. Martin Hayes will lead the workshop. This is 3 acres of traditional mainly Excalibur plum orchard (a lovely dessert & culinary variety)…

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Bewdley Cherry Fair

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 @ 10:00 am - Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Bewdley Museum, Load Street
Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 2AE United Kingdom
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Bewdley’s unique annual Cherry Fair will be held at Bewdley museum on 22nd and 23rd July from 10am until  4.00pm. This is a free family event with something for everyone. Sixty years ago Bewdley was the centre for a flourishing cherry trade and with a 200 year tradition of an annual Cherry Fair since at least 1817. So we hope that people may learn of former times and support our effort to rescue the different varieties of cherry.

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Orchard Biodiversity Day, Glastonbury

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Somerset Rural Life Museum, Chilkwell Street
Glastonbury, BA6 8DB United Kingdom
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Come to the Somerset Rural Life Museum on Sunday 23rd July to meet local wildlife experts in our orchard and learn about the unique environment that orchards offer all sorts of animals.  GOT's own Jonathan Briggs will be there to talk about mistletoe and mistletoe insects. Join us for wildlife talks, learn all about mistletoe, plus great ideas for encouraging wildlife into your own garden and lots of family activities too! Timetable: 11am Roger Dickey (Somerset Ornithological Society) 12pm Jonathan Briggs (Mistletoe Talk) 2pm Jonathan Briggs (Mistletoe Walk…

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Bud Grafting Course at Days Cottage

Thursday, July 27th, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Days Cottage, Upton Lane
Brookthorpe, GL4 0UT
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Dave Kaspar demonstrating budding with a plum variety. Picture borrowed from Henry Johnson's blog Learn the art of propagating fruit trees by inserting a bud of your chosen variety into a rootstock. Take your tree home at the end of the session. Cost £40.00 including refreshments. To book please email or phone 01452 813602

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August 2017

Reading an Orchard Workshop

Saturday, August 5th, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wick Court, Overton Lane
Arlingham, Gloucestershire GL2 7JJ United Kingdom
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The Gloucestershire Orchard Trust and Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project are running this informal two hour workshop at the delightful historic Wick Court Orchards at Arlingham, south of Gloucester (home to Farms for City Children). Jim Chapman, who has recently published the booklet "Understanding Orchards in the Landscape" (£5) by GOT/Hartpury Heritage Trust is leading this workshop. The workshop will involve looking at historic clues in the landscape (e.g. ridge and furrow) of these magnificent orchards. Jim is also very…

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Feral Fruit talk and tour of HOC orchards

Friday, August 18th, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Hartpury Orchard Centre, Blackwells End
Hartpury, Gloucestershire GL19 3DB United Kingdom
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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 event is free and bbq food and cider/perry will be on sale from 7pm. This is an event linked to the Stone Fruit Conference at Hartpury on Saturday 19th. You can book either event via

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Stone Fruit: An orchard conference

Saturday, August 19th, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Hartpury College, Hartpury House
Hartpury, GL19 3BE United Kingdom
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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…

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Witcombe Cider Festival

Friday, August 25th, 2017 @ 8:00 am - Sunday, August 27th, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Witcombe Cider Festival Field, Painswick Road
Brockworth, Gloucestershire GL3 4RP United Kingdom
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A music and cider festival.  50 different cider & perries and a great range of activities. This event is in its 5th year and is now a firm fixture on the music festival calendar. Several thousand attendees are expected to sample 50 ciders and listen to national artists. This year's line up is on the website at

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Growing & Training Fruit in Small Spaces

Saturday, August 26th, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sue Gibson School of Gardening, May Cottage, Shepherds Patch
Slimbridge , Gloucestershire GL2 7BP United Kingdom
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Beginners Course. Learn how to select the right rootstocks and how to grow and prune fruit trees as espaliers, cordons and fans to be both productive and ornamental. Practise training and pruning trees in my garden. Cost £75, less 10% for Gloucestershire Orchard Trust members. Booking essential.

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September 2017

Ross Cider Festival

Friday, September 1st, 2017 @ 10:00 am - Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Ross Cider Festival, The Yew Tree Inn
Peterstow, Gloucestershire HR9 6JZ United Kingdom
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A weekend of delicious food, excellent music, wide ranging beer and of course, incredible cider. You will be part of a small festival of enthusiasts and ciderlovers who welcome you with open arms into our community. A friendly festival suitable for families with entertainment throughout the weekend. An excellent getaway to end the summer and celebrate local craft cider! Ross-on-Wye Cider & Perry Company

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