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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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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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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Mon Dec 08, 2014 12:27 pm
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