Longhope Perry Pear blossomThe Gloucestershire Orchard Trust was originally formed as an independent association in 2001 and it is now a registered charity, no. 1137917. It aims to conserve, promote and celebrate traditional orchards in the county of Gloucestershire. We offer information on creating or restoring traditional orchards, Gloucestershire fruit varieties, nurseries, events run by the Trust and how to join.

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Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project

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Saving orchards in Gorsley and Kilcot
Gloucestershire has long been famous for its traditional orchards – tall trees standing in pasture - but in the past 50 years over 80% have been lost. Fabulous old orchards have been grubbed up as the market for fruit has disappeared or have been threatened by developer's chainsaws. Others are slowly vanishing through neglect.

It's only recently that we have started to understand what important places they are for wildlife and for people. Orchards are attracting the attention of conservationists and heritage experts – their meadows contain most of the unimproved grassland in the U.K, they are refuges for some of our rarest beetles and home to a wealth of insects, mammals and birds. Many have grown, undisturbed, on the same land for generations, the last guardians of varieties which have been bred to suit the soil and the land.

The Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project (TCTOP) was set up in order to help restore some of the orchards which are left and county orchard groups,including the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust, are leading the way in renovating some of our oldest orchards. We work with local people, training them in orchard skills so that they can help local owners to look after their orchards. In Gorsley and Kilcot we've already helped to keep two veteran orchards on their feet, working with owners and volunteers to prune trees and manage mistletoe.

We're looking for more people to get involved with the project to help keep the lovely old orchards in this area. You can join us for a work day where we'll show you some basic orchard skills and help you put what you learn into practice in the orchards. It's a great opportunity to enjoy fresh air, exercise and good company as well as the chance to learn something new. There's a job for everyone no matter what your age or experience.

If you would like to help us in orchards around Gorsley and Kilcot then do get in touch – call Karen Humphries on 01684 560616 / 07815 980970 – or find out more on our website, at http://www.tctop.org.uk
by Ann Smith
Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:05 am
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Pruning & Grafting Workshops 2016 Days Cottage

by Ann Smith
Wed Dec 23, 2015 11:28 am
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Wassailing 2016

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For Wassail Events, please check our Events calendar regularly (left hand main menu) for January (and sometimes February). Or click here http://gloucestershireorchardtrust.org.uk/events/
For Wassail Contacts & Customs please visit http://gloucestershireorchardtrust.org. ... assailing/
by Ann Smith
Mon Dec 21, 2015 12:37 pm
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For Christmas Gift! Charles Martell Apple and Pear Pomonas

Published by the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust as a book after decades of research by Charles and ourselves.
Price (including p&p) softback (eg for field use) £28.50, hardback £43.50

Also out now as a book, published by Hartpury Heritage Trust and the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust. It is the culmination of many years of Charles’ research and is a must for anyone interested in perry pears.
Price (including p&p) £23.50 for softback (eg for field use) or £33.50 hardback

Both pomonas are an excellent read and a vital resource for owners of orchards large and small, orchard groups, community groups, schools, individuals with an interest in local heritage, curators, conservationists and scientists.
Please contact Ann Smith info@gloucestershireorchardtrust.org.uk if you would like a copy of either.
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by Ann Smith
Mon Oct 26, 2015 1:37 pm
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Grants Available

New Trees for Old Orchards 2015 onwards

The Peoples Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) are offering grants for succession planting for orchard owners. Not to be missed and only a finite pot, so do get in touch as soon as you can!

by Ann Smith
Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:41 pm
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Apple Day Days Cottage Orchard Skills Centre Sun 11 Oct 2015

http://www.dayscottage.co.uk for address & details of the Orchard Centre.
SUNDAY 11TH OCTOBER at 1.00-4.00pm
Come and celebrate Apple Day with us;
Explore and picnic in our orchards. Bring a
bag or two of your own apples to be juiced.
Juice, cider, perry, orchard honey, trees
and rare varieties of apple for sale.
Apple games and competitions.
Orchard information.
Cakes and mulled apple juice in cosy yurt.
Choir at 2pm. Music session at 3.30pm.
Dave Kaspar & Helen Brent-Smith.
by Ann Smith
Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:14 pm
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Apple, Pear & Orchard Events 2015

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County and important regional events on our Events Calendar

Check regularly for updates!
If yours isn't listed here, please contact us

You may also post your events and other orcharding information on our Community Forums
by Ann Smith
Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:53 am
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National Perry Pear Centre Heritage Day Sat 12 Sept 2015

OVER 50 VARIETIES ON DISPLAY (crops permitting!)
From 11am
Local Gloucester Old Spot hot dogs and burgers
Coffees Orchard Teas
Admission free

GLOUCESTERSHIRE ORCHARD TRUST, which works closely with Hartpury Heritage Trust, will have a stand with a heritage Gloucestershire Apple Display - no apple ID service but an excellent opportunity to talk to us about your orchards, garden trees, community groups and what our membership offers!

The perry pear displays (with identification) and GOT apple displays will continue at the Frampton Show on Sunday 13 September 2015
and at the Malvern Autumn Show (Orchard Pavilion) on Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 September 2015.
Come and join us!
by Ann Smith
Mon Aug 24, 2015 11:43 am
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Cherry Season

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The wonderful cherry season is upon us! Historically cherries were grown in Gloucestershire. Unfortunately, however, we do not have any saved heritage Gloucestershire cherry varieties. There are some remnant cherry orchards near Chipping Campden (Charingworth Orchard Trust). Out of county, cherry orchards survive in the Wyre Forest (Worcestershire), Kent, Devon (Orchards Live orchard group have planted and researched mazzard cherries) and Suffolk (Cherry Fair). There was also the CherryAid Food Lovers Britain national revival. A wide range of cherry varieties from around the UK on different rootstocks can be purchased in many nurseries.
http://gloucestershireorchardtrust.org. ... nurseries/

Publications include: Cherries by Norman Grubb, Cherries by Martin Crawford (Agroforestry Research Trust) and Mazzards by Michael Gee (of Orchards Live, now out of print). Why not become a member of the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust and browse these books at your leisure!

Brogdale Horticultural Trust, home to the National Fruit Collections, are holding a Cherry Fair on Sunday 19 July 2015.
http://www.brogdalecollections.org/brog ... erry-fair/
by Ann Smith
Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:26 am
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Gloucestershire Apple Pomona published!

Charles Martell
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Native Apples of Gloucestershire by Charles Martell, published by Gloucestershire Orchard Trust and Hartpury Heritage Trust, will be available from 26 February.
Please email us info@gloucestershireorchardtrust.org.uk if you would like to purchase a copy.
Price: £25 softback, £40 hardback plus £3.50 p&p.

This is the first authoritative and comprehensive listing of Gloucestershire apple varieties ever published. The new book - known as a pomona - is
the culmination of 25 years of dedicated research and scholarship by farmer and man of Gloucestershire, Charles Martell.
Following closely on the heels of his volume on pears, published in 2013, Charles's new work fills a huge gap in the county records relating to
traditional apple orchard cultivation and conservation.
Rather embarrassingly, Herefordshire saw the emergence of their famous county pomona in 1876!

Keith Turner, Chairman of Gloucestershire Orchard Trust, comments:
"This is a truly exciting day for us - and Gloucestershire. The new book is a fantastic achievement by
Charles and will provide a near definitive account of nearly 200 indigenous varieties of
Gloucestershire apples. Charles has re-discovered and propagated 106 of these varieties which now
form the National Collection of Gloucestershire apples, and planted them on his farm at Dymock.
Some varieties go back hundreds of years and include those known for eating, used in the kitchen or
for cider making. But all are examples - some unique - of fruit developed to fit the soils, climate and
economics of the county. Within their diversity are priceless genetic characteristics which must be

The book, entitled "Native Apples of Gloucestershire", is available in both hardback and softback
and contains reference photographs, drawings, detailed descriptive notes and recognition data for each
variety. A mass of information has been sourced, verified and checked over the years. Design and
printing of the work has been entrusted to Gloucester's Severn Press - and special thanks are due to
David Pealing for his expertise and patience!

Finally, Charles Martell is keen to stress the value of recording this living archive of apples:
"I believe passionately in saving every scrap of relevant information about the amazing heritage this
county has in orchard fruit. With the loss of so many traditional varieties and their orchards continuing
apace, unless we take urgent steps now to protect our horticultural and cultural history, it could, very
easily, be lost for ever."

The Gloucestershire Orchard Trust and Hartpury Heritage Trust are proud to be involved in the project.
Both are in receipt of support and funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Gloucestershire Environmental Trust.
Charles' Perry Pear pomona, Pears of Gloucestershire and the Three Counties (2013) is also available from GOT
(£20 softback, £30 hardback plus £3.50 p&p).
by Ann Smith
Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:01 am
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