Graft, sow and grow apple festival at Cotehele Quay
Sunday 3rd March 11am-4pm (free transport provided if booked in advance)
Join us on a beautiful train journey to Calstock and walk along the river to Cotehele Quay to enjoy a day of apple fun for all the family. For £5 you can even take home your own grafted apple tree. Booking essential for free transport on the 9.40am train. Call Zoe on 01752 307849 email@example.com
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Apple growers face grim harvest with worst yield for 15 years Guardian report 17/9/12
Apples in Plymouth
Community Orchard, Buckland http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/content/articles/2007/09/24/trees_orchards_feature.shtml
All Ways Apples
is about celebrating and making use of the abundance of apples that grow locally.On October 31st 2012 we will be holding our third All Ways Apples festival at Devonport Guildhall. Here are some apple related events that you may find useful to help you build your growing skills and appreciation of the trees and fruit.
Tess Wilmot of Dig for Devonport is All Ways Apples co-coordinator, supported by Diggin' It and Routeways. If you would like to find out about apple events in Plymouth, the Tamar Valley, South Devon and Cornwall, please contact Tess on 07531 506 481 or email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org"
Local All Ways Apple Events
In March some of you grafted apple trees at the Graft, Grow and Sow event at Cotehele. These should be showing signs of life by now. If you see any growth below the graft, rub the buds out so that the energy goes into the new top part of the new tree. In the picture you will see the new growth, the white area is the graft and below the graft is the rootstock – it is magic really, two trees in one! I did four grafts, but the one I did at Cotehele is a long way behind the other three. I was not sure if it was going to take! I have just checked it and see that the bud at the top is now swelling and I have removed the buds below the graft. Do let me know how you get on with your trees and which varieties you chose. We are looking for a venue with an assortment of fruit and some trained fruit for example cordons, espaliers and fan training trees to grow against walls or small spaces.
October – Apple Picking
There will be opportunities to help harvesting in the weeks leading up to this year’s All Ways Apples festival. We are also working in partnership with Sail Trade to bring apples down the river by boat.http://www.sailtrade.org
All Ways Apples Festival Wednesday 31 October
Plans are underway for another of the
popular All Ways Apples festival on Wednesday 31st October at Devonport
Guildhall. The apple press will be busy again with people of all ages
getting involved. In the guildhall there will be lots of creative ways of
using apples – crafts, arts, stalls, food, information and more. We will
need volunteer help on the day, so if you would like to be involved please
let me know.
Grow your own Pumpkins – as the event is on 31st October, Halloween, there will be a bit of a Halloween theme this year! There will be a prize for the best carved pumpkin and locally grown pumpkins will be especially welcome. If you enjoy growing pumpkins, bring one along to the competition.
During the Easter holidays, the final two of the 30 apples trees were planted at Keyham Green Places during a gardening course for young families.
Since then, a new Gardening course has been set in up in response to demand. Please contact email@example.com to find out more and maybe join the course
All Ways Apples, funded by Awards for All, celebrates natural abundance by increasing the local harvesting of apples in the City of Plymouth.
Tess Wilmot of Dig for Devonport is co-ordinating the All Ways Apples events. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Tess on 07531 506 481
http://www.englishapplesandpears.co.uk/index.html Promotes English apples and pears
TAVY AND TAMAR APPLE GROUP www.tavyapples.org.uk
Be inspired - http://www.orchardnetwork.org.uk/content/be-inspired
http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/communities/pdf/1973262.pdf Government guide to community orchards
http://www.orchardnetwork.org.uk/ supporting traditional orchards
http://www.orchardlink.org.uk/ Devon based, support, advice,training, visits and marketing for orchard owners and enthusiasts. By email : email@example.com
http://www.orchardmarketplace.org.uk/ exchange of fruit, produce, equipment
http://vimeo.com/22562045 Sheppy's small farm
http://www.fruitfullschools.org/ encouraging planting of orchards in schools
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/14/apple-britain-gala-traditional article on English apples
The Apple Book, Rosie Sanders, identification book with beautiful watercolour illustrations
Apple Games and Customs, Common Ground
The Apple Source Book Particular uses for diverse apples, Sue Clifford and Angela King
Burcombes, Queenies and Colloggetts, Virginia Spiers illustrated by Mary Martin - on apples and orchards in the Tamar Valley