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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PERRY PEAR DAYS - Hartpury and Malvern

IN PRAISE of the

home of the national collection of perry pear trees



OVER 50 varieties on display
( weather & CROPS PERMITTING ! )

Have you ever seen a red fleshed perry pear, or seen all the wonderful names - many local - that they have?

BUY PERRY and CIDER - bottled and draught
ENJOY ORCHARD LUNCHES and TEAS, including Gloucester Old Spot sausages
with wildlife ponds, Gloucester Cattle and Ryeland Sheep

admission £2, children free
http://www.tasteandexplore.com for directions

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September 2011 in the New Orchard Pavilion.
You can bring your perry pear samples for identification (there may be a small charge for this).
GOG will also be having a stand at the Malvern Show, near the Heritage Hartpury Trust and Perry stands, so look out for us!
by Ann Smith
Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:45 am
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Plum Days/Festival 2011

Plum Crazy Festival on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August 2011
10am-5pm at Harts Barn Cookery School and Orchards, Longhope, Forest of Dean
Free Entry
Celebrate the Plum! A fun day out for all the family!
Gloucestershire Orchard Group stall with photographs and descriptions of Charles Martell's online book of all 16 Gloucestershire heritage plums and damsons and advice on sources of trees etc.
Orchard Visits
Children's area and activities
Plum Games
Treasure Hunt
Plum Tastings and Sales
Cookery School Demos
Local Produce Stalls and Craft Shop
Cider Tasting
Farm Shop
Award Winning Tea Room
Picnic Area

At Harts Barn Cookery School and Harts Barn Rural Enterprise Centre, Monmouth Road, Longhope, Gloucestershire (Forest of Dean) GL17 0QD http://www.hartsbarncookeryschool.co.uk
Events Coordinator Yvette Farrell yvette@hartsbarncookeryschool.co.uk
01452 830954 Mobile 07914 942967
by Ann Smith
Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:25 am
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Budding Workshops at GOG Orchard Centre, Brookthorpe

Budding Workshops at Gloucestershire Orchard Group Orchard & Rural Skills Centre, Upton Lane, Brookthorpe GL4 0UT (near Gloucester), taught by experienced Dave Kaspar (GOG Chairman).
Learn the art of propagating fruit trees by inserting a bud of your chosen variety in a rootstock. Take your tree home at the end of the session.

Thursday July 21st 2011 10am-1.00pm

Sunday July 24th 2011 10am-1.00pm

Please phone Dave Kaspar/Helen Brent-Smith to book : 01452 813602
£30 (includes one tree, but more can be purchased)

For more information about the Orchard & Rural Skills Centre and directions see http://www.dayscottage.co.uk
You are also welcome to view the rich adjoining Forest Garden.

You can also purchase juice, cider and perry from unsprayed local orchards, including a unique new cider made from 15 heritage Gloucestershire varieties from the Orchard Centre's Museum Apple Orchard. Or you can purchase from Stroud Farmers Market (1st 3 Saturdays of the month) and Bristol Farmers Market (every Wednesday). See http://www.dayscottage.co.uk for more information.

Also see http://www.gloucestershireorchardgroup. ... d-centres/
by Ann Smith
Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:33 am
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An Orchard in Springtime at the Hartpury Orchard Centre

Sat 21st May 2011 10.30am—5pm organized by Hartpury Heritage Trust
Home of the National Collection of Perry Pear trees
A country festival:
stalls/displays by wildlife and countryside organisations including the Gloucestershire Orchard Group
rare breed cows/sheep/pigs
Gloucestershire beekeepers
cider/perry sales
refreshments including rare breed barbecue
country crafts - hurdles/pole lathe etc
morris dancers
wildlife orchard and wetland walks
http://www.tasteandexplore.com jjrchapman@btinternet.com
For map see http://www.cider-academy.co.uk/gloucest ... _map.shtml
by Ann Smith
Thu May 19, 2011 10:33 am
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1st Ever Survey of England’s Trad Orchards from the Air

June 2011 Update from Anita Burrough Peoples Trust for Endangered Species
Please find attached information about the Gloucestershire section of the traditional orchard inventory. The inventory complements other habitat inventories and is available through the Natural England website http://www.gis.naturalengland.org.uk/pu ... gister.asp and via MAGIC http://magic.defra.gov.uk/website/magic/

A full report of the inventory and the project that created it can be found in the NECR077 Natural England Commissioned Report, Traditional orchard project in England – the creation of an inventory to support the UK Habitat Action Plan. (http://naturalengland.etraderstores.com ... op/NECR077).

The report contains full details of the methodology, lists the partners involved, local orchard groups and associated projects and gives the results to date for each county together with information about how it is being used. Summaries for each county are available on our website - the summary for Gloucestershire is attached together with the most recent newsletter from the project. Frequently Asked Questions about the inventory can also be found on our website http://www.ptes.org/orchards.

The funding for this project has now ended but we will continue to recruit volunteers and co-ordinate ground-truthing as many orchards as possible over the next year.

It is now vital that people feed in to this inventory in order to maintain and improve its accuracy, so if you have any local knowledge, for example information about newly planted or restored orchards, that you could share with us to improve the accuracy of the information in your local area, we would be very grateful to receive it.

The data set will continue to be updated regularly as new information comes to us from volunteers, orchard owners, orchard groups, record centres etc.

For further information about the project please visit http://www.ptes.org/orchards or please do not hesitate to contact me if you have additional questions.

I’m so grateful for all the support that we have received for this project. We could not have done it without the help of a great many people so thank you to everyone that has helped us.

June 2011 update
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Press Release by Peoples Trust for Endangered Species http://www.ptes.org
Thursday 5 May 2011
First ever survey of England’s traditional orchards from the air.
Taking a bird’s eye view of England’s traditional orchards has enabled conservationists to put one of the most important wildlife habitats back on the map.

A five year research project by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) has used aerial photographs to produce a unique inventory of England’s traditional orchards - a UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) Priority Habitat. The study funded by Natural England, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and PTES, has for the first time established the location, condition, age, boundaries and management status of dwindling traditional orchards to support the Habitat Action Plan (HAP) and provides a much-needed baseline of data from which to focus future conservation action. The traditional orchard habitat has been identified as having great biodiversity value, but until now information about the amount of traditional orchard habitat remaining in England has been out-dated and incomplete. Aerial photography provides researchers with a unique perspective; orchards can often be spotted by their planting patterns, as the trees tend to be growing in equally spaced lines. Conservationists set about scouring 3.5 million hectares of the English countryside and this painstaking investigation has located 35,378 traditional orchards across 51 counties, equating to 16,990 hectares of habitat.

The project has involved over 600 local volunteers who, with training from PTES have helped to survey a proportion (19%) of the orchards on the ground, recording the species, age and condition of the fruit trees – and contributing some 563 volunteer days to the project - the equivalent of over 18 months of work. The fieldwork analysis reveals that overall only 9% of England’s traditional orchards are in excellent condition, while 46% are in good condition and 45% are in poor condition.

Even more useful in terms of long-term stewardship, is that this report also provides a picture of the state of English orchards at the county level - allowing comparisons of the condition of traditional orchards to be made between any of the 51 counties included in the research. The study has also attempted to gather information from orchard owners throughout the country resulting in the collection of 764 orchard owner questionnaires providing valuable insights at a local level.

Anita Burrough, PTES Orchard Officer, who led the project team, says:
“We are proud to have completed this important inventory which for the first time gives
us a true picture of the state of traditional orchards. The mosaic of habitats that
comprise a traditional orchard provide food and shelter for at least 1,800 species of
wildlife, including the rare noble chafer beetle which relies on the decaying wood of old
fruit trees. With this loss of habitat, we also face losing rare English fruit varieties,
traditions, customs and knowledge, in addition to the genetic diversity represented by
the hundreds of species that are associated with traditional orchards”.

Dr Peter Brotherton, Head of Biodiversity for Natural England, said: “Traditional orchards
can be biodiversity hot spots, but without proper protection and sensitive management,
they can easily slip into decline. Up until now, many of these biodiversity goldmines
were quietly deteriorating in forgotten corners of the countryside, becoming overgrown
or being lost altogether. This research has enabled us to pin point their precise location,
allowing conservationists to work with local communities and landowners in helping to
keep these special sites buzzing with wildlife”.

Characteristically traditional orchards consist of a low density of trees set in seminatural, mainly herbaceous, vegetation. They are cultivated using low-intensity methods such as the absence of pesticides and the use of grazing animals instead of machines for mowing. This important habitat is becoming rare as we rely increasingly on imports to provide cheap fruit throughout the year. This has left the traditional orchard habitat, an intrinsic feature of the English countryside, at risk from neglect, intensification of agriculture and pressure from land development.

The value of this vital inventory is demonstrated by the range of practical ways in which
it will be used including:
    Habitat restoration and creation
    Identifying orchards in local planning policies and development control
    Integrating habitat information and species distribution to support conservation
    Working in partnership with orchard owners to provide advice and practical
    Targeting Environmental Stewardship scheme options for management of
    traditional orchards.

The survey revealed that around 2831.55 hectares of England’s traditional orchards are currently within Environmental Stewardship schemes. Plans are underway to extend this study to Wales depending on the announcement of further funding.
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For more information, to arrange interviews, or obtain images
please call Jane Bevan or Susannah Penn at Firebird PR on 01235 835297/ 07977 459 547
Notes for Editors
· Individual results for the 51 counties surveyed in this inventory are available including
distribution maps
· A UK Traditional Orchards Habitat Action Plan Group has been set up and work is underway
on developing the Action Plan. Natural England and the National Trust are leading this early
work, with the support of the People’s Trust for Endangered Species and other organisations
such as Common Ground, the Ancient Tree Forum, the Royal Society for the Protection of
Birds and the other UK statutory conservation agencies. This UK HAP Group has
recognised that producing an inventory of traditional orchards is a very high priority.

The Gloucestershire Orchard Group has been instrumental in assisting with these orchard surveys and outreach in Gloucestershire. For a survey form please contact PTES or the Gloucestershire Orchard Group. Leaflets are also available from either, entitled:
Traditional Orchards - a guide to wildlife and management
Noble Chafer Fact File
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    Pruning and Grafting GOG Orchard Centre

    Forthcoming workshops at the GOG Orchard & Rural Skills Centre at Days Cottage, Upton Lane, Brookthorpe, GL4 0UT with GOG chairman Dave Kaspar/Helen Brent-Smith. http://www.dayscottage.co.uk
    Pruning: Learn to prune fruit trees of all ages. Hands-on training that demystifies those gardening book diagrams! Create shapely, productive trees. Bring photos of your own trees if you wish.
    Cost £25.00
    Sunday 6th February 2011 10am-1pm
    Thursday 17th February 2011 10am-1pm
    Thursday 3rd March 2011 10am-1pm

    Grafting : Learn the ancient art of propagating fruit trees joining your chosen variety to a rootstock. Take away your own tree at the end of the session. Extra rootstocks for purchase, subject to availability.
    Cost £30.00
    Thursday 17th March 2011 10am-1pm
    Sunday 27th March 2011 10am-1pm
    Thursday 7th April 2011 10am-1pm

    Costs include refreshments in cosy yurt, teaching in all-weather roundhouse and orchards. Please dress warmly.

    Budding: Learn the art of propagating fruit trees by inserting a bud of your chosen variety in a rootstock. Take your tree home at the end of the session. Dates in July/Aug to be announced – check http://www.dayscottage.co.uk later in the year.

    To book a place for the pruning, grafting etc courses (essential), ring Dave/Helen on 01452 813602 (speak clearly if you get the answerphone). Bring boots/clean, sharp secateurs. This is a great opportunity to talk to Dave about your specific orchard requirements and to network with others. Park at the house (look for GOG sign) – there is a one way system.

    Rural Skills at the GOG Orchard Centre, Brookthorpe
    Hedgelaying, living willow, green woodwork & drystone walling – please see www.dayscottage.co.uk for updates.
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    by Ann Smith
    Fri Feb 04, 2011 11:14 am
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    GOG Annual General Meeting

    Wednesday 16 February 2011 6-9pm
    Venue: Gloucester City Council, North Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester GL1 2EP
    as last year (probably the Council Chamber, but you will be directed once inside the building).
    We need to vacate the building shortly after 9pm, so please try to be prompt.
    Directions & Parking:
    From Northern bypass (A40) take brown heritage signage to 'Gloucester Docks'. As you drive along the Quay (the River Severn is on your right), North Warehouse (an old Victorian 3 storey building) will be facing you. As you go left around the bend turn first right and immediately right into the car park in front of the building.

    From south, leave M5 at Junction 12 for A38. At traffic lights, straight over onto A430 (Gloucester South West Bypass) to junction with A417, where turn right at traffic lights. After crossing River Severn take right lane and turn right into the Quay, then as above.

    Parking is free but a little limited so try and car share.
    Many thanks to Meyrick Brentnall of Gloucester City Council for booking the venue.

    Please use this as the agenda on the night to save paper resources:

    Chairman’s Report – Dave Kaspar (brief)
    Treasurer’s Report – Jim Chapman (brief)
    Election of Officers (Chairman and Treasurer) (brief)
    Charles Martell may give a brief update on his Gloucestershire fruit research
    Question time/AOB
    Speakers: Neil Phillips (of Neil Phillips Photography) & John Morris (South Gloucestershire Council) will talk on The South Gloucestershire Craft Cider/Scrumping Project/Forgotten Fruit, a community project which sees local fruit used for amateur cider & juice production. GOG Chairman Dave Kaspar and GOG’s Juliet Bailey will also talk informally about cider production at artisan level. Other folk are welcome to share their experiences, with advice on the joys and pitfalls of amateur cider making. We hope this will encourage anyone to have a go at making their own in 2011! Good news for orchards in that it encourages them to be retained.

    The AGM is also a chance to purchase trees, orchard tee-shirts, photographs, cards, juice, cider, perry…anything you wish to bring!
    • We hope to have a representative of Natural England (Chris Wedge), who can advise on the Environmental Stewardship grant Scheme amid great financial cut-backs. You should also have a chance to speak with chairman Dave Kaspar and Helen Brent-Smith about their museum orchard of Gloucestershire varieties, organic juicing business and GOG Orchard & Rural Skills Centre. Jim Chapman will be on hand to discuss his Perry Pear Orchard Centre & National Collection (Hartpury Heritage Trust)) and cider & perry making courses (run by Peter Mitchell).

    • There will be apple tastings again with Juliet Bailey. Don’t forget that a summary of Juliet’s previous taste test results can be found on the GOG website, which helps you choose varieties you may like to plant in your orchard, community or garden.

    Do come along and meet us. You will be very welcome! It has been suggested that if we run out of time, folk may wish to migrate to the nearest pub to continue discussions!

    There will be light refreshments (apple juice & biscuits/possibly tea & coffee), but as it is an early prompt start, feel free to bring your own sandwiches.

    GOG library and extensive literature:
    This is a chance to browse our extensive library and literature.
    Please return any borrowed books this evening so that others may use them. Thanks.

    The AGM is free to members and £2 to non-members (waived if you join on the night).
    Nominations for officers (chairman and treasurer) and other items for discussion should be submitted to me, Ann Smith, the secretary/coordinator, at least 10 days prior to the AGM. info@gloucestershireorchardgroup.org.uk
    109 Orchard Way, Churchdown, Gloucester GL3 2AP.

    If there is any kind person who could help Ann take minutes at some of our meetings, please get in touch info@gloucestershireorchardgroup.org.uk 01452 855677
    by Ann Smith
    Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:51 am
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    Traditional Orchard Management Course

    The RHS Centre at Pershore/Warwickshire College will be staging an all day workshop on Traditional Orchard Management on Saturday 5 March 2011, 10-4. John Edgeley will lead the workshop with help from Richard Toft and Robin Bickley. Details available from the RHS centre Tel: 01386 554609 or from the Warwickshire College website: http://www.warwickshire.ac.uk/courses.aspx
    click courses-location Pershore-duration 2 weeks or less. As well as the orchards at the college there is a traditional orchard in Wick, adjacent to the college, where most of the practical work will take place.
    by Ann Smith
    Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:52 pm
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    Apple Day Events 2010

    Apple & Orchard Events in Gloucestershire & South Gloucestershire 2010
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