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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Charles Martell Apple and Pear Pomonas - Buy Now!

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 Mar 03, 2014 3:49 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!
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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Bud-Grafting Workshop Thursday 17 July 2014

A bud-grafting course is to be held at Days Cottage, Brookthorpe, near Gloucester at our GOT Orchard Centre http://www.dayscottage.co.uk on Thursday 17 July 2014 10am-1pm. Please contact Dave Kaspar and Helen Brent-Smith directly to book a course. Discount for Gloucestershire Orchard Trust members; to join, please see our Membership page http://gloucestershireorchardtrust.org.uk/members/
by Ann Smith
Sat May 24, 2014 9:44 pm
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Hartpury Orchard Centre Spring Open Afternoon 24 May 2014

Saturday 24 May 2014 at 2pm - 6pm
The Orchard Centre Blackwell’s End Hartpury GL19 3DB
Teas, homemade cakes & bottled perry for sale.
Charles Martell's Pears book for sale.
Come and wander round the young perry pear orchard.
Watch the nesting on the wildlife ponds from the shelter of the bird hide
Dogs on leads welcome
Gloucestershire Orchard Trust presence.
by Ann Smith
Thu May 01, 2014 9:23 am
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Interested in Orchards? Then This is For You!

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Heritage Lottery Funded Course information through Gloucestershire Orchard Trust and Hartpury Heritage Trust.
Please download form attached to register your interest or complete online
http://gloucestershireorchardtrust.org. ... rd-survey/
by Ann Smith
Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:24 pm
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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2014 Wednesday 12 March 2014
6-10pm at Nature-in-Art in the Education Centre.
Wallsworth Hall, Sandhurst Lane, Twigworth, Gloucester GL2 9PA (two miles north of Gloucester,
just off the A38, signposted).
This was originally postponed from February because of flooding. Apologies for the short notice.
It is most likely that we will enter through the gate from the car park to the Education Centre, rather than the main
entrance to the building, but signs will direct you. Free parking. There are speed bumps on the long driveway, so do take
care! Lighting should be improved on last year from the car park.
Website: http://www.nature-in-art.org.uk 01452 731422 but enquiries about the AGM to GOT's Ann Smith
info@gloucestershireorchardtrust.org.uk 01452 855677

Guest speaker Sarah Orton, Gloucester Folk Museum Curator
Many thanks to her and to Simon Trapnell, Director of Nature in Art and his staff.
Please sign in and take a label. Entrance free for GOT members, £2 for non-members (free if folk join on the
night). Welcome!

6-7pm Light beverage refreshments within the Education Centre (feel free to bring your own sandwiches).
Please note the cafe will NOT be open.
Time to browse the extensive GOT library. Raffle (prizes welcome on the night please).
Charles Martell will be signing his new Perry Pear book. There will be various items for sale, including Liz
Copas' “Cider Apples A New Pomona”. 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 plus Martin Hayes.

7-8pm GOT Business - including Chairman's report, Treasurer's report, Election of Officers (Chairman,
Treasurer), AOB/Question time. Also an update on an important Orchard Appeal.

8-8.45pm Sarah on “Traditions surrounding orchards and the use of orchard fruits in cooking”. She
will be bringing artefacts from the Museum Service.

9-10pm Time to network, browse the library again, buy and sell juice, cider, perry or any other merchandise
you wish to bring! Raffle result (thanks to Kit Turner).
You may also renew your GOT membership on the night and give to Ann so that she can log you on the

10pm AGM close.
by Ann Smith
Sat Mar 01, 2014 10:11 pm
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We apologize but the GOT AGM on Thursday 13 February 2014 (6-10pm at Nature-in-Art) has been cancelled/postponed because of the weather, flooding and road closures.
Thank you.
by Ann Smith
Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:33 am
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Liz Copas now joins Nick Dunn & Charles Martell

Hartpury Village Hall - the talk on Saturday 22nd February 2014 now has an added Cider interest:
Liz Copas will be coming to launch “Cider Apples, a New Pomona"
If you have yet to see her new book, it amplifies the Somerset Pomona, by describing many more cider apples from Dorset, Devon, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. Particularly useful are the descriptions of the resulting ciders – it will become the bible for those craft producers wishing to try our local varieties.
So the day’s full line-up is:
“Troubles, remedies and roots in the orchard”
managing director of
Frank P. Matthews Ltd of Tenbury Wells
Saturday 22nd February 2014
at Hartpury Village Hall (NOT the Orchard Centre)
Over Old Road, Hartpury
GL19 3BJ
11am: coffee
11.30am: Nick Dunn, followed by
‘Question and Answer’ session and the formal launch of
Charles’ Martell’s “The Perry Pears of the Three Counties”
From 1pm : Book signing by Charles Martell and Liz Copas
Cost: £5 including finger buffet and perry tasting

As well as the two books, local ciders, perries and other orchard related gifts will be on sale.
I am told Nick will also have some copies of his “Trees for your Garden”
What a feast !
Enquiries: jjrchapman@btinternet.com
by Ann Smith
Fri Feb 07, 2014 10:02 pm
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