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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Out Now - Two New Books!

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Orchards - Those Other Industries by Jim Chapman (2016)
as part of the Gloucestershire Pomona Series, published by Hartpury Heritage Trust in association with the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust
ISBN: 978-0-9927394-3-0
Softback £6 + £2.50 postage
Jim briefly considers how the availability of transport and a market, the mill and press and the development of the glass bottle have supported orchards and affected the choice of fruit grown (pp35)
Please contact jjrchapman@btinternet.com if you would like to purchase a copy.

Memories of Life as an Itinerant by Martin Hayes (March 2016)
as part of the Gloucestershire Pomona Series, published by the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust and Hartpury Heritage Trust, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Price £7.50 plus £2.50 p&p from info@gloucestershireorchardtrust.org.uk

“This book is about a part of our rural social history which is rarely documented. Awareness of those known as “itinerants” - often labelled casual workers - in agriculture and horticulture has been present for a great many years. Much of our seasonal food and produce has depended on their role in tending and harvesting a wealth of different crops - from potatoes to hops and cherries to apples. They are, in many ways, one of the unsung heroes of reaping our rich and varied rural largess. Martin Hayes is one of those heroes who has, in today’s parlance, “been there, done that”. He has put together this valuable, highly personal, record of his extended time as an itinerant, criss-crossing the length and breadth of the country. He brings his experiences in this often hidden world of the countryside in recounting the characters, cultures and comedies of this fascinating aspect of rural life. Such first hand and sharply drawn accounts are rare and it provides highly colourful pictures in words of a rapidly changing countryside which must find a place in our national rural archive. Martin is now renowned across the Three Counties as a true expert in the practical management of our remaining traditional orchards, equally at home with apples and pears of all types, not to mention many other kinds of fruit trees. He devotes a great deal of his time and expertise in supporting the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust in both a practical and consultative capacity.
Keith Turner, Chairman of the Gloucestershire Orchard Trust.”
by Ann Smith
Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:22 pm
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Wildlife Walks 4 & 26 June 2016 Longney Orchards

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Two special orchard walks will be held this summer at the
Gloucestershire Orchard Trust's beautiful newly acquired Longney Orchards
Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 26 2016 at 2pm (to 5pm at latest)
No charge
Booking essential
Only 15 spaces (plus children) on each
First come, first served
We especially welcome families and accompanied children
Bring a picnic and something to sit on!
Please dress according to the weather and be aware of uneven ground.

This will be a great opportunity to look closely at the wealth of all kinds of wildlife to be found in and around these lovely orchards, as well as the banks of the adjacent Severn. The walks, led by GOT chairman Keith Turner, will be taken at a leisurely pace and be of special interest to those who would like to find out more about the birds, insects and plants to be found in the area. And to those who would like to see these orchards for the first time. No dogs please.

Please book by emailing Ann info@gloucestershireorchardtrust.org.uk or ann@smithcovell.co.uk
01452 855677 for those not on email

Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Hartpury Heritage Trust in association with the Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project
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by Ann Smith
Wed May 11, 2016 1:27 pm
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Blossom Picnic Days Cottage Orchard & Rural Skills Centre

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Sunday 8th May 2016 12-4pm.
Blossom Picnic at the GOT Orchard & Rural Skills Centre
Day’s Cottage, Upton Lane, Brookthorpe GL4 0UT (south of Gloucester)
Bring a picnic and enjoy the orchards. Covered space if the weather is unkind. Home of the Museum Orchard of Gloucestershire varieties of apple, mature and young orchards and forest garden.
Apple cakes and Days Cottage juice, cider and perry and orchard honey and trees for sale, music.
Sorry, no dogs in the yurt field but you are welcome to walk your dog in the orchards. No charge for entry.
One way system/parking. Signage should be out.
http://www.dayscottage.co.uk Dave Kaspar & Helen Brent-Smith
Please email to confirm you are coming applejuice@dayscottage.co.uk
Please note that with the cold spring we have had, blossom is later than usual but there should be perry pears in blossom!
by Ann Smith
Tue May 03, 2016 9:57 am
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Orchard Champions Course

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Could you be an orchard champion?

The Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project (TCTOP) is recruiting volunteers to become Orchard Champions. Working in partnership with Garden Organic, the U.K.'s leading organic growing charity, we have developed a traditional orchards course, based on their award winning Master Composter and Gardener Programmes. You don't have to be an orchard expert in order to apply. Orchard Champions are volunteers with a passion for traditional orchards who can encourage others to get involved with our project. We will help you to build up your traditional orchard knowledge and develop the confidence to promote traditional orchards as wonderful places for wildlife and people. You'll be part of a growing network of like-minded volunteers and have support from project experts, a reference manual and an interactive website. Orchard Champions also get free membership to Garden Organic, which offers a wide range of benefits, from free RHS garden entry to seed discounts.

In return we ask that Orchard Champions attend five training days, spread throughout the year, and give at least 30 hours promoting traditional orchards in our project areas. We want Orchard Champions to build from their own strengths, so you might like to write an article for the parish magazine, have a stall at a local fete or do practical work in our project areas. It's up to you!

Our Foundation training weekend will be on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May 2016 at the Worcestershire Countryside Centre, Spetchley Road, Worcester. Our 'top up' days will be in July, October and January in other locations within the Three Counties.
ie Healthy Orchards - 23 July 2016 at Colwall, Herefordshire
Harvesting the Past - 14 October 2016 in Worcestershire
Man Made Eden - 19 January 2017 at Days Cottage, Gloucestershire

Ideally people can do all five but as long as people can make the foundation days we may be able to be flexible if they can't make one of the others.
Please get in touch if you'd like to discuss the role or request an application pack from:

Karen Humphries, TCTOP Project Officer
01684 560616 khumphries@worcestershire.gov.uk
by Ann Smith
Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:53 am
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GOT Annual General Meeting Saturday 23 April 2016

Saturday 23 April 2016 at 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
This is a new venue and a better (later) time of year for GOT and very conveniently located to our newly acquired Longney Orchards.

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.
109 Orchard Way, Churchdown, Gloucester GL3 2AP

Guest speaker Jonathan Briggs, national mistletoe expert, on mistletoe trade, past and present.

Charge: Free for GOT members (and their household) and £2 for non members (waived if you join on the night). Please see Ann Smith if you would like to join GOT.
Welcome! Please sign in and take a label.

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, 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 is available if anyone has any questions about the new Countryside Stewardship scheme.

11.30am-12.30pm Jonathan Briggs comparing the historic and present-day value (both commercial and pest) of mistletoe in local orchards.

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, led by Martin Hayes/committee members. 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 and ground is uneven. Please take care around the trees and under branches. Brambles and nettles. The River Severn and rhine/ditch are to be avoided.

We look forward to seeing you!
by Ann Smith
Tue Mar 15, 2016 12:10 pm
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Hartpury Orchard Centre/National Perry Pear Centre Events

Blackwell's End, Hartpury GL19 3DB
SUNDAY 1st MAY 2016
Dawn chorus walk 4.30am
a short walk listening to the birds waking up on
International Dawn Chorus Day
with bacon rolls to follow
Orchard open from 2pm
come and wander round the orchard and wildlife ponds
teas and homemade cakes
Open-air Rogation service 6pm
enjoy a glass of cider afterwards
Hartpury Orchard Centre/National Perry Pear Centre:
It will be a busy day on Sunday 1st May!
Starting off by taking part in International Dawn Chorus Day, meeting at 4.30am for a short walk listening to the bird song. There will be bacon rolls for sale afterwards! Breakfast at about 6am in the open air - what could be better!
Then from 2pm, the orchard will be open again for walks, teas and homemade cakes - for those of you who don't do early mornings!! And at 6pm there will be the traditional open-air Rogation day service (the beginning of the crops year which ends at Harvest festival). There will be cider and perry for sale after the service.
Everyone welcome to all events. Dress for the weather, with wellies a good idea for the dawn chorus walk. Dogs on leads welcome at all too.
by Ann Smith
Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:45 am
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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

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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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