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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News & events

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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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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