Membership Renewal January 2022

Unfortunately the printers have failed to include the membership renewal forms when they sent out the January newsletters. The membership form and contact details below can be used for renewals as well as new memberships

thank you

For details  click here

Newsletter Erratum

Unfortunately there was a typo error in the email address in the Newsletter for booking places on the grafting courses. It should be workshops not wokshops as printed!

A New Year has begun…

It is the start of a new year and time to look forward to a new growing season. To start the year our January newsletter should be with you any day now and it is a bumper 44 pages this time, so plenty to read while we wait for the weather to improve.

Our first event of the year will be the annual scion exchange, or ‘twig swap’ as it is affectionately known, in February. We have pruning workshops and grafting courses planned for the first few months of the year and then the Harrogate spring show in April. Work will also resume in our 2 teaching gardens in January after a brief winter break. All activities are free for members but there is a small charge to cover rootstocks etc on the grafting courses. Full details can be found in the newsletter.

Happy gardening!

Apple Event

Our annual apple event is back again this year and will be taking place at Harlow Carr garden from Thursday 28th – Sunday 31st October between 10am – 3pm. This year we will be in the new events marquee which is near the old bath house at the bottom of the garden, so come along and see our display of locally-grown apple varieties and get advice on growing them in your garden. If you have an apple tree, why not bring your own home-grown apples to get the variety identified with an expert.

Great Yorkshire Show

Summer is here, the fruit is ripening, and we are looking forward to attending some shows and events this year. The Great Yorkshire Show is taking place from 13th-16th July and we will be there. It will have a slightly different format this year, because of the ongoing situation, so we will not be able to have our usual display of soft fruit but we will be there so why not come along and say hello. More details of this, and future events, can be found in our July newsletter.

Latest Update

Our Annual General Meeting, scheduled for Saturday November 7, cannot be held in the current circumstances. We have been investigating holding it on ‘Zoom’, but there seems to be little enthusiasm among members for this, so the Executive Committee has decided simply to continue with its present membership, and the existing subscription levels (these being the two main items for decision by the AGM) until circumstances permit otherwise. We hope to have an up-date on future activities in the January Newsletter.

Update October 2020

All of our Autumn Events have been cancelled and we are particularly sorry to lose the Apple Festival where we show the public some of the many apple varieties grown in the area.  We would also normally offer to name the variety for apples brought in by the public, but sadly this cannot take place.

         Looking further in to the future, we hope to be able to run winter pruning courses, but will have to wait and see if the popular grafting courses can be run.

Our October newsletter should be reaching members any day now and Jean has pulled together another 40 page delight to keep you entertained as the nights pull in. Alongside our regular features we have listened to requests from newer members and gone back to basics, starting with choosing apple trees.

Updates August 2020

Unfortunately our annual fruit show, due to take place in September, is the latest casualty of the ongoing situation and has had to be cancelled for this year.

At the moment we are still waiting to find out whether the apple event will happen at the end of October but will let you know if there are any changes to the details already published in the newsletter.

We are still hopeful that the meeting and AGM in November will be able to go ahead as planned.

In the July newsletter our chairperson asked for your thoughts and suggestions on the direction for the group moving forward. Some suggestions have already been put forward, and we will be working out how to incorporate these, but if you have any more ideas please let us know before the deadline for the next newsletter which is the 10th September.

Despite all the other difficulties at the moment, nature seems to be giving us a bumper fruit harvest this year so all of us with access to gardens, allotments or even a few pots do at least have something to cheer us.