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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Gloucestershire Apple Pomona published!

Charles Martell
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Launch at Gloucester Folk Museum 25 Feb 2015
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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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GOT Annual General Meeting Wed 18 March 2015

Wednesday 18 March 2015 (6-10pm)
This will be held at a new venue: Hartpury Village Hall,
Hartpury Village Hall (NOT the Orchard Centre)
Over Old Road
GL19 3BJ

(just off the A417 and near the Vet centre/ village post office. Coming from Gloucester, take a right on to Over Old Road where you see “Hartpury School” (this is a newish school, NOT the old one on the A417). If you get to the Royal Exchange pub on the A417, you've gone too far!

Guest speaker Sarah Orton, Gloucester Folk Museum Curator
Charge: Free for GOT members (and their household) and £2 for non members (waived if you join on the night).

6-7pm Browse GOT's extensive library. Beverage refreshments (juice, tea & coffee & biscuits – small charge please). Time to browse the extensive GOT library (at present, this is the only time of the year when the entire library is set up, so do make the most of it!). Feel free to bring your own sandwiches.

7-8pm GOT Business - including Chairman's report, Treasurer's report, Election of Officers (Chairman, Treasurer), AOB/Question time.
We hope that Charles Martell will give his usual Varietal Research update on Gloucestershire fruit varieties. Many other members of the committee should be on hand, including Chris Wedge of Natural England's Higher Level Stewardship scheme and Dave Kaspar/Helen Brent-Smith/Jim Chapman of The Orchard Centres. We will also be discussing the newly purchased Longney Orchards and planning for their future.

8-8.45pm Sarah Orton on “Traditions surrounding orchards and the use of orchard fruits in cooking”. She will be bringing artefacts from the Museum Service (this talk was postponed in 2014).

9-10pm Time to network, browse again at the library, buy and sell juice, cider, perry or any other merchandise you wish to bring! Opportunity to purchase Charles Martell's Pear and Apple Pomonas!
You may also renew your GOT membership on the night and give renewal money to Ann so that she can log you on the database.

10pm AGM close.
We look forward to seeing you! There will also be a raffle (thanks to Kit Turner). If anyone can bring donated “prizes” (not necessarily orchard-related), that would be so helpful, thanks!

Any nominations for officers (chairman and treasurer) and other items for discussion should be submitted to me, Ann Smith (coordinator/secretary) at least 10 days prior to the AGM.
info@gloucestershireorchardtrust.org.uk 109 Orchard Way, Churchdown, Gloucester GL3 2AP
by Ann Smith
Tue Jan 27, 2015 4:03 pm
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Pruning, Grafting & Coppicing Workshops 2015

Workshop dates and links to details are now up on our Events Calendar http://gloucestershireorchardtrust.org.uk/events/
All take place at Days Cottage/Gloucestershire Orchard Trust Orchard Centre, Brookthorpe, near Gloucester.
Courses led/hosted by Dave Kaspar and Helen Brent-Smith
http://www.dayscottage.co.uk/Orchard-sk ... urses.html
by Ann Smith
Fri Jan 02, 2015 4:02 pm
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Wassailing 2015

For Wassail Events, please check our Events calendar regularly (left hand main menu). January and February. Or click here http://gloucestershireorchardtrust.org.uk/events/
For Wassail Contacts & Customs please visit http://gloucestershireorchardtrust.org. ... assailing/
by Ann Smith
Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:27 pm
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Urgent Appeal for Purchase of Traditional Orchard!

Can you help please?
See attached Longney Orchard Appeal by the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust which includes a letter from our Chairman about these wonderful orchards and details of a fish house on the site.
We can email you the Gift Aid form if you prefer. A hard copy is required by us for HMRC purposes.
Many thanks indeed.

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by Ann Smith
Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:27 pm
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Three Counties Orchard Conference

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Mistletoe Matters with Dr. Jonathan Briggs, national mistletoe expert.
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Fruit ID.com Team. Peter Laws (centre) and Bob Lever (far left) coordinators.
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Adrian Barlow English Apples & Pears
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National Perry Pear Centre (Hartpury, Jim Chapman)
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Gloucestershire Orchard Trust who helped organize the event
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Neighbourhood Plans include protecting and creating orchards. Churchdown Parish Council.
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This first Orchard Conference at Malvern was a great success. A hundred delegates attended from both the commercial and traditional sectors, sharing their challenges, constraints and many successes. Thank you to all who came and to the Three Counties Showground team. Fascinating talks from Adrian Barlow of English Apples and Pears, Dave Kaspar of Days Cottage, Michael Bentley of Castle Fruit Farm, to name a few, with workshops (including Fruitid.com, Mistletoe Matters and Pershore College) and stands from around the UK (including Vigo, Frank Matthews Ltd, Walcot Organic Nursery, Peoples Trust for Endangered Species, Worcestershire Biological Records Centre, National Perry Pear Centre, Churchdown Parish Council and others.

GOT is delighted to announce an Orchard Conference will be held on Friday 14 November 2014 at The Three Counties Showground, Malvern. There will also be an opportunity to visit local orchards and producers on Saturday 15 November. The conference is relevant to local, regional and national orchard groups, markets and individuals.
Full details of excellent speakers, timetable and booking information http://www.threecounties.co.uk/orchardconference/
Join us on Friday 14 November at the Three Counties Centre and discover - what the future holds for Orchards.

The theme for 2014 will explore what the future holds for orchards of all kinds, be they in contemporary production, or under traditional or conservation management.
This conference will blend expert presentations from well known owners and producers, with exhibitions and workshops of related subjects and issues.
There will be ample opportunities to network, gain new insights and discuss other key issues of current importance and debate.
In response to the continued expansion in orchards and orchard production across the three counties of Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire and wider afield, the Three Counties Agricultural Society in association with Gloucestershire Orchard Trust, Hartpury Heritage Trust, Marcher Apple Network and the Malvern Hills AoNB Partnership is organising this new conference event.
If you are interested in having a stall or opening your community orchard, orchard-related premises, shop etc, please contact info@gloucestershireorchardtrust.org.uk
Please note that delegates/stall holders will all need to pay £20 to cover costs and lunch. Students pay £10.
Do pass on to anyone else who may be interested!
Thank you.
by Ann Smith
Fri Sep 19, 2014 11:14 am
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Deadline to Sponsor Charles Martell Glos Apple Book

Please note that if you wish to subscribe/sponsor this book, the deadline is 31 October 2014 - all forms must be returned to GOT by this date. That way, your name will be written inside before it goes to the printers! Many thanks for supporting this project.

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Please download an Order form and an invitation to subscribe to this new unique Gloucestershire Apple book (following on from Charles' Perry Pear book, already published).
The long awaited publication of the Charles Martell Apple manual will be available later this year. At over 340 pages it is substantially bigger than its companion volume on Perry Pears and will be the only comprehensive printed description of Gloucestershire’s heritage apples.
This will be the second volume in the Gloucestershire Pomona Series.
The Gloucestershire Pomona Series:
Volume 1 Charles Martell’s Perry Pear manual – already published
Volume 2 Historical Aspects of the Perry Pear – due for publication in 2015
Volume 3 Charles Martell’s Gloucestershire Apple manual
Volume 4 Charles Martell’s Gloucestershire Plum and other Fruits manual – future publication
Volume 5 Historical Aspects of Orchards and Orchard Industries – future publication

You are invited to contribute to this ambitious project by becoming:
A Patron: Gifts of £500 will become a Series Patron – All patrons will receive a leather bound signed copy of the Charles Martell Apple manual and will be listed within
A Sponsor: Gifts of £250 will become a series Sponsor – All sponsors will receive a quarter bound leather signed copy of the Charles Martell Apple manual and will be listed within
A Subscriber: Gifts of £35 will become a volume Subscriber – All subscribers will receive a cloth bound signed copy of the Charles Martell Apple manual and will be listed within

All contributors will receive advanced notification of future publications.
A soft-cover field guide will also be available at £25.
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by Ann Smith
Tue Aug 05, 2014 12:35 pm
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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!

Local Cherries for Sale!
Orchardist Martin Hayes is selling the following at his stall at Blooms Garden Centre, Evesham Road, Cheltenham.
Cherries, strawberries, raspberries, honey, jams, marmalade, juices, cards etc. Open 7 days a week 10 - 5.
07900 985679
by Ann Smith
Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:59 pm
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Job Advert: Project Officer 3C Traditional Orchard Project

Job Advert
Post: Project Officer, Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project

Hours: 25 hours per week
Salary: £19,762
Duration: 3 years fixed term
Location: Malvern Hills AONB Office, Manor House, Grange Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3EY
Interview date: Tuesday 11th November 2014.

The Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Unit is looking for a confident, enthusiastic and experienced individual who can coordinate and oversee the delivery of an exciting new traditional orchard project. An expert knowledge of orchards is not required but an ability to manage projects, organise and motivate is essential.

Traditional orchards are a key part of the landscape and heritage of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. They provide a nationally important haven for wildlife, a vital pool of genetic diversity and a strong cultural link to our past. The Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project is a partnership project between the Malvern Hills AONB Partnership and a range of other organisations (including the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust, Vale Landscape Heritage Trust and Colwall Orchard Project). For more information please visit: http://www.malvernhillsaonb.org.uk/orchard_project.html

The Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project is financially supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For an application form and more information please visit: http://www.wmjobs.co.uk or contact Worcestershire County Council Job Offers Team on 01905 728670 or email: joboppsforyou@worcestershire.gov.uk
For an informal chat about this post please contact: Paul Esrich, Malvern Hills AONB Partnership Manager on 01684 560616.

Application forms to be returned by midnight on Tuesday 4th November 2014.
by Ann Smith
Thu Oct 23, 2014 5:02 pm
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