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We are planning a few events for 2021, coronavirus permitting. They will be dependent on social distancing and mask wearing restrictions being lifted.
With that proviso, here are this year's proposed events:
Sun 12 Sep, Garden/Family Day, Leicester University Bot Gdn. 10am-5pm.
Sat 2 Oct, Apple Day, Cotesbach Hall.
Sun 10 Oct, Apple Day, Donisthorpe Orchard, 11am - 3pm.
Sat 23 Oct, Apple Day, Cosby Methodist Church Hall.
Our next grafting courses will be in Feb 2022, all being well, subject to our usual venue at Cosby being available..
LEICS UNIVERSITY BOTANICAL GARDEN
Pleased to report that we were able to run our apple tasting at the Garden Plant and Family Day at the Botanical Garden. This was the first time we had used Beaumont House, and it is an excellent venue; lots of space, no crowding and plenty of interested visitors. The Knoll lawn was in use, and several other areas we had seen before. Apple tasted included three of our own seedlings (we are apple breeders) plus Laxton's Fortune, Summerfield, James Grieve, Discovery and Katy. Each person was asked to taste all 8 and vote for his/her favourite. Laxton's Fortune was most popular with Summerfield second. The results table is shown below:
14 Laxton's Fortune
5 James Grieve
5 ND seedling 3614
3 ND seedling 0514
3 ND seedling 4815
All apples attracted positive comments, including Discovery, which many people liked - though most liked Laxton's Fortune even more.
We will be running other apple tastings at our events at Cotesbach, Donisthorpe and Cosby.
12 Sep 21
Our first apple tasting of the year took place on 10 Aug with Julie Drake - the first we have done since the chaos of 2020. The link for it is below; we hope to do more soon.
Apple Tasting 1, 10 Aug 2021: Earlies
Apple Tasting 2, 28 Aug 2021: More earlies
11 and 29 Aug 21
APPLE CROP 2021
The apple crop in Leicestershire seems to be looking quite good. The blossom was a few days earlier than the average; first blossom for us was about 18 Apr. First apples picked were Sweetings; end-July (about a fortnight late). Norfolk Rattlebox ripened at about the same time and Beauty of Bath is almost ready now (4 Aug).
4 Aug 21
APPLE GRAFTING COURSE, COSBY, 2021 (5hr)
Sorry to report that the coronavirus has led to us having to cancel in-person courses this year.
However Mel is doing some online grafting courses which are being well-received. See her web page for details. I lack the computer expertise.
4 Mar 21
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