The next members’ meeting will be held on Saturday May 11, at 1.00pm, in the Jubilee Room in the Learning Centre at Harlow Carr. This meeting will feature a very informal “Fruit Growers Question Time”; please come armed with your questions, queries and observations. Remember you will need to show your membership card to get free entry to the gardens
We will be carrying out restoration pruning on the apple trees at the Great Yorkshire Showground on Thursday 14th March. All members are welcome but contact Margaret Drury in advance so she knows how many to expect, contact details in your last newsletter.
You will need a packed lunch and hot drink as there will be no facilities open on site and good boots and tough gloves are advisable.
If you have loppers, pruning saws and secateurs please bring them along but some equipment will be available for those without their own.
Our next meeting is the annual scion exchange (otherwise known as the stick swap) this Saturday, February 9th at 1pm. Full details and directions are in your January newsletter. Please bring along any spare scions (clearly labelled!) that you think might be of interest to other members and/or go away with any that take your fancy. Remember, you don’t have to give to receive, some members have more surplus than others and are happy to see scions go to a good home. Many of the scions on offer will be from unusual varieties but there is always plenty of helpful advice available.
The January edition of the Newsletter should have reached members by now, by post or email according to their preference.
Last year, we celebrated twenty years of production with a look back at our first four issues, in 1998, and a few more retrospectives have crept into this latest issue. The Fruit Novice is storing quinces in a very old-fashioned way, member Stuart Denton has found a cache of old magazines and promises to entertain us with snippets from the 1930s and 40s, and yes, there really was a Granny Smith. In addition to her (it?), George Baker looks at the origin of some his local apples, as does James Ellson (to avoid losing at scrabble yet again) and Anne Lee is back on the trail of Ernest Oddy’s old notebooks. Plus we have reports on some past events and information on events to come, appeals for help, some research results on mulch, Chris Simmonds on eating fuchsia berries (truly), Celia Cropper on quinces, and lots more.
Not a member? Join now to be in time for the April issue.
How the time races by! I am already beginning to put together the January edition of the Group’s Newsletter, so if there’s anything about fruit that you are dying to say, now’s your chance. Contributions, comments or enquiries are all welcome and should be sent to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Editor
Our Annual General Meeting will be held this coming Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 1.30pm at Harlow Carr Garden, and will be followed by a talk by Martin Fish entitled “A North Yorkshire Garden”.
You will find the draft minutes of the 2017 AGM as an appendix to the October Newsletter. No further papers will be circulated; the agenda and other documents will be tabled at the AGM.
If you are attending, please bring with you your membership card, or wear your NFG sweat shirt, to get free admission to the Garden. There should be time after the meeting to have a look round the Garden, which won the title of best garden in the North East in a recent poll.
The Constitution allows for 13 members on the Executive Committee and we have only 10, so there is room for three more. Why not nominate someone you think would do a good job, or consider standing yourself (in which case please contact our Chairman to discuss it)? You don’t have to be an expert; our society covers a whole range of expertise, and sometimes we need someone to speak up for beginners.
More information about Martin Fish can be found on his website.
The Group’s annual Apple Event will take place this year from Wednesday October 31 to Sunday November 4 in the Lodge and Greenhouse at Harlow Carr Garden in Harrogate.
Dozens of varieties of apples will be on display, and experts will be available to identify any mystery specimens you care to bring along.
Setting up will take place on Monday and Tuesday October 29-30. Volunteers are needed both to help with setting up, and to ‘police’ the event as it takes place. You do not need to be an expert! This could be a great learning opportunity, as well as supporting a fruit group event. If you would like to help, please contact Margaret Drury (details in the Newsletter).
Admission to the event is free, as is admission to the Garden if you can prove you belong to the NFG by producing your membership card or wearing our shirt.
For an introduction to the science – or should that be art? – of apple identification, see Anne Lee’s article in our October Newsletter.