We have 20 apple trees which include a combination of cookers, dessert and dual type trees (these develop from a cooker to a sweeter apple). All the apples are of Lakeland stock and have wonderful names, such as Scotch Bridget and St. Edmund’s Russet.
We also have 6 Westmorland damson trees, all from the Lyth Valley.
The group plans to put in raised beds for soft fruit and also for bee-friendly plants.
Further plans include benches so that people can sit and appreciate the wonderful scenery and the orchard in peace and quiet.
The aims of the Community Orchard Group are:
- To share produce with the community from locally grown fruit
- To involve a broad spectrum of the community, including the local schools
- To develop skills and knowledge in fruit growing and related areas
- To preserve traditional varieties of fruit and maybe introduce some new ones too
- To put on community events such as an annual Apple Day
The orchard is open to all, but you and your family can become members of the Group for £5 (single) or £7 (family). One of the benefits of membership is that it allows you to attend pruning and grafting courses at no extra cost. These courses are run by SLOG (South Lakeland Orchard Group).
Please call one of the numbers below for an application form or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Parratt, COGS Chair, 015396 20964
Jacqueline Smith, COGS Treasurer, 015396 20760