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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New GOT website

We are currently working on an exciting new GOT website, which will replace this one in due course. The full changeover will be gradual, as there is a lot of information to move from one to the other and we will be reviewing and updating all the information as we go. But for news and events we hope to make the full change fairly soon, so do visit the new site and see what's there, as it will become the main place to go for updates soon.

The new website is on a completely new hosting system and a new address https://glosorchards.org We hope to be linking the site to a range of social media - including Facebook and Twitter - to help promote GOT and the traditional orchard cause. This will involve some 'freshening' of the GOT branding and logo, so you may see various options being trialled over the next few weeks.

The new site is live now, but incomplete. Do visit and let us know your thoughts - there will be a feedback form linked from the front page soon. This is what it looks like at present:

by GOT
Wed May 17, 2017 10:30 pm
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AGM 2017 and Longney Orchards

Thanks to John Iles for a fascinating talk on cherry orchards in the Wyre Forest.
Charles Martell gave an update on Gloucestershire apples and his collection.
The Anchor Inn provided us with a terrific view of the Severn bore!
We then held a walkabout at our beautiful 18 acres of traditional orchards at Longney, showing members and visitors all the work in progress, thanks to the hard work of our volunteers. This includes new plantings of national, regional and local heritage collections of plum & cherry with the entire Gloucestershire apple collection being planted at the end of this year.
If you would like to volunteer, please get in touch with us at info@gloucestershireorchardtrust.org.uk
Website news: At the AGM we also announced that we are currently working on a new website, which will replace this one over the next few weeks. You can visit the new site at https://glosorchards.org/home/
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by Ann Smith
Tue May 09, 2017 1:01 pm
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GOT Annual General Meeting Saturday 29 April 2017

Venue: The Anchor Inn, Epney/Framilode (10am-1pm), lunch there, followed by a walkabout (approx. 2 or 2.30-4pm) at Longney Orchards.
The function room upstairs for meetings has a superb river view. Plenty of parking. Attendees to place food orders on arrival. For pub details and map

Guest speaker John Iles, Founder and a Director of the Wyre Community Land Trust will be talking to us on 'The orchards of the Wyre Forest; a new chapter'.
From John: “with Heritage Lottery Fund money and Higher Level Stewardship, we have restored many orchards which need careful maintenance to come to maturity and production. The HLF scheme is now over and we will have HLS schemes coming to an end over the next few years with uncertainty as to what will come next. Many of the sites are SSSI so will be protected. We have helped set up a commercial juicing business on a farm in the area and so many of us are now using that service to juice our fruit. ”

Charge: Free for GOT members (and their household) and £2 for non members (waived if you join on the night).

10am-10.30am welcome, networking, browse books for sale (please note due to limited space, we will not have our usual library/literature or displays).
Please order your lunch from the staff downstairs if you are staying as early as possible and buy coffee/drink yourself if you wish.

10.30am-11.30am GOT Business - including Chairman's report, Treasurer's report, Election of Officers (chairman, vice chairman and treasurer), AOB/Question time.

Charles Martell will give his usual brief Varietal Research update on Gloucestershire fruit
varieties. Chris Wedge, “our” orchard advisor from Natural England may be available if anyone has any questions about the new Countryside Stewardship scheme.

11.30am-12.30pm John Iles on 'The orchards of the Wyre Forest; a new chapter'.

1pm Lunch at the Anchor Inn

2pm/2.30pm-4pm (approx.) drive in own cars to GOT's 18 acres of Longney Orchards by the River Severn for informal walk around. Come and see what has been achieved so far, enjoy the wonderful habitat and learn about our plans. Feel free to stay on and have a picnic. Please note, there is no vehicular access but there are public footpaths. At the AGM, we will give directions and final parking arrangements. There are no toilets at the orchards except a simple portaloo under a tarpaulin and ground is uneven. Please take care around the trees and under branches. Brambles and nettles. The River Severn and rhine/ditch are fenced off.

We look forward to seeing you!
by Ann Smith
Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:43 pm
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Trust Juice launched!

Trust Juice is pressed unsprayed apples from Gloucestershire orchards, including our own Gloucestershire Orchard Trust orchards at Longney.
Volunteers harvesting this fruit include students from the Apperley Centre, The Shrubberies School:
Trust Juice is available £24 for 12 bottles. Phone Martin Hayes 07900 985679 or Alison Parfitt 01242 584982.
The aim is to give all the profits made from sales of Trust Juice to organisations and activities related to the conservation and celebration of traditional orchards in Gloucestershire, including Gloucestershire Orchard Trust.
Alison Parfitt alisonparfitt@phonecoop.coop
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by Ann Smith
Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:46 pm
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Wassailing 2017

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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/
Not only Hartpury Orchard Centre (below), but also Berry Hill Community Orchard, Horsley Orchard Project and Wick Court wassails. Full details on the calendar!

For Wassail Contacts & Customs please visit
https://gloucestershireorchardtrust.org ... assailing/
by Ann Smith
Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:02 pm
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Wassail! Hartpury Orchard Centre

Friday 27th January 2017 at 7pm
A traditional winter festival.
HARTPURY ORCHARD CENTRE (National Perry Pear Centre)
GL19 3DB
HOT FOOD BAR: cider & perry
Wrap up warm, bring a torch, and come and enjoy an evening with the
traditional customs of toasting the orchards, wassailing the trees,
pouring cider on their roots,
with food and singing.
Accompanied by tabor, drum & fiddle, in the open shed afterwards!
(charge for food and drink)
by Ann Smith
Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:27 am
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Wassail Course! Community Groups and Individuals.

How to run a Wassail and other Apple events Saturday 3rd December 2016
This one day course covers everything you need to know to run a successful event, focusing on Wassails, but covering other Apple and orchard events too. Topics covered will include:
  • Setting objectives for your event
  • Organising your event
  • Specifics relating to Wassails
  • Outlines for other events
  • Recruiting and managing volunteers
  • All aspects of promoting your event
  • Health and Safety aspects including Risk Assessments
  • Legal issues including insurance, drinks licensing, food regulations etc
  • Fundraising and charging policies
  • Involving others
  • Evaluating your event
Saturday 3rd December 10am-4pm in the Orchard Room at Colwall Village Garden, Herefordshire. Tea, coffee and refreshments provided, but please bring your own packed lunch. The events are free, but places are limited so booking is essential. Ring Tim or Helen on 540569 or email timthefruit@gmail.com.
This event is being organised as part of the Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project/Heritage Lottery Fund.
by Ann Smith
Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:40 am
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Apple & Orchard Days

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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
Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:21 pm
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New GOT Publication by Days Cottage

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Traditional Orchards in Gloucestershire
A 16-page pamphlet on many aspects of traditional orchards, including the wildlife that can be found within. A delightful publication by Helen Brent-Smith and Dave Kaspar of Days Cottage http://www.dayscottage.co.uk Orchard and Rural Skills Centre near Gloucester. Price £1 plus £1 post & packing from info@gloucestershireorchardtrust.org.uk Published by the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust with Heritage Lottery Funding. Thanks to Hartpury Heritage Trust.
by Ann Smith
Wed Sep 07, 2016 2:26 pm
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Longney Orchards New Blog!

The Gloucestershire Orchard Trust now owns 18 acres of beautiful traditional orchards and wildlife habitat at Longney alongside the River Severn, just south of Gloucester.
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