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LEICESTERSHIRE APPLES NEWS 2019

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APPLE GRAFTING COURSE, COSBY, 2019 (5hr)
Will run next on Sat 16th Feb and also on Sat 23 Feb 2019; cost 28.
We do shorter grafting workshops too: in Sileby and occasionally elsewhere by arrangement. The next short workshop is on 19 Feb 2019.


EVENTS

2019
Sat 16 Feb, 9.30 for 10.00, All-day Grafting Course, Cosby Methodist Church; (nd/ad)
Tues 19 Feb, Sileby: 2 hour Grafting Workshop.(mw)
Sat 23 Feb, 9.30 for 10.00, All-day Grafting Course, Cosby Methodist Church (nd/ad)
Sun 24 Feb, 11-1.00: Mkt. Harborough grafting workshop, St. Hugh's Hall (nd/mw)
1 May, Oundle Horticultural Society, talk (mw)
19 Jul Burton-on-Trent Gardening Club, talk (mw)
Sat 5 Oct, all day in the stable yard: Cotesbach Hall Apple Day, apple tasting
Fri 1 Nov, Market Bosworth Gardening Society, 7.30, talk (nd/ad)
Thur 7 Nov, Aylestone Pk Residents' Group, Church of the Nativity, 7.30, talk (nd/ad) (TBC)


EVENTS & NEWS


POLEBROOK HAYES FARM: THE ORCHARD
Another afternoon spent (13 Apr, 12.00-4.00pm) spent at the organic orchard, tidying up the ground around each of the trees. Some are beginning to fruit, though it will be a while before significant crops are obtained. Meanwhile we are continuing to plant in the few remaining spaces with interesting varieties, our preference being for those which grow best in the Midlands, especially those which store well.

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14 Apr 2019


SECRET GARDEN, GLENFIELD HOSPITAL
Busy today (11 Apr) working with Sue Stevenson and three volunteers in beginning to restore nine neglected apple trees. These are in the old walled garden at Glenfield hospital, behind the Mansion House. Most of the trees should restore fairly well. Those which are too far gone to respond (we will find out which they are in a year or so) will be replaced by young stock, grafted from the existing trees, so that the varieties will be the same as those originally planted. Here you can see a 'before' and 'after' picture for an ancient espalier, and some work in progress on a tree distorted by lack of light on one side because of a nearby poplar.

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12 Apr 2019


MKT HARBOROUGH GRAFTING COURSE 2
11 students attended; the event, at St. Hugh's Hall, was organized by Judith Egan of the 'Grafters and Growers' group. The session was led by Mel and Nigel and all students constructed two trees in the time available. Many thanks to Judith for inviting us.

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24 Feb 2019


COSBY GRAFTING COURSE 2
Second grafting course completed on 23 Feb at Cosby Methodist Church. 7 students; another excellent apple cake from Alison, a lunchtime apple tasting of 14 varieties, and an enjoyable day for all. Picturesbelow:

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23 Feb 2019


APPLE TASTING 7, 2018-2019 season
Apple Tasting 7, 21 Feb 2018 - very late varieties, three months after the previous tastings; most of them were picked after Christmas Day. Earlier tasting videos are shown on the 2018 page.

23 Feb 2019


GRAFTING COURSES AND WORKSHOPS
First grafting course completed at Cosby, 16 Feb (Nigel and Alison), including a tasting of late apples: Durrantt, Huonville Crab, Burford Yellow, Braeburn, May Queen, Xmas Pippin, Burford Redflesh (USA), Burford Red (Oxfordshire), Allen's Everlasting, Mere Pippin, Marriage Maker, Devitt Pippin, Bumble Bee Lane apple. First grafting workshop completed at Sileby (19 Feb) by Mel; thanks to all who attended. A few pictures are shown below from the first Cosby course.

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18 Feb 2019


MISTLETOE
Mistletoe is often found on old apple trees, but I have noticed over the years that it is not confined to apples. I've seen it on hawthorn, lime (linden) and willow. A recent discussion on facebook about mistletoe has prompted me to compile a page about it. Click Mistletoe to read it.

18 Jan 2019


HAPPY NEW YEAR
To everyone who follows us and who joins in with our apple-related activities - Happy New Year!

There are still a few places left on our grafting courses, 16 and 23 Feb 2019. 28 for an all-day course; take away two trees you've made yourself. Email using the link at the side of the page for more information or to book. A good birthday present for a person who's into fruit trees.

Please tell us which date(s) you are available so we can equalise the size of the groups.

There are also a couple of spaces left on our pruning course at Cotesbach Hall (see their website) - leave your name with Louisa at Cotesbach if you wish to participate.

2 Jan 2019


RAW N PURE ORCHARD DAY
Sarah and I were pleased to see our volunteers on 27 Nov who came to assist with the apple tree planting (ten more trees supplied by LHAP, including some to be turned into family trees). The weather was ideal; no significant rain during the planting, and damp afterwards. A couple of buckets of water were used on each tree to help them establish; the ground is still dry after the summer drought. Thanks Sue and Sarah for another excellent lunch. We are also very grateful to Greggs, who supplied the funding for the setting up of the orchard in the first place, back in 2016.

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