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We are now approaching normality again; a very busy 'apples' year for us with five grafting workshops taking place; all of them full or oversubscribed. Events this year:
Thur 13 Jan Scion collection at Cotesbach Hall
Sat 22 Jan Orchard Pruning at Cotesbach Hall
Thur 27 Jan 7pm Zoom talk on setting up an orchard; for CFLPS*
Sat 19 Feb Cosby Apple Grafting Course (all-day); Cosby Methodist Church Hall
Sun 20 Feb Great Easton Grafting Workshop 1, morning; in the Village Hall
Mon 21 Feb Grafting session: Assisting Lubenham Grafters & Growers
Sun 20 Feb Great Easton Grafting Workshop 2, afternoon; in the Village Hall
Sun 6 Mar Whitwick Grafting Workshop, 10.30 - 12.30, Whitwick Park Hall; for CFLPS*
Sat 12 Mar Quorn , Grafting Workshop, 2pm - 4pm. Old School Hall; for CFLPS*
*CFLPS is the Charnwood Forest Landscape Partnership Scheme (see Whitwick & Quorn courses, below).
This workshop took place in the Quorn Old School Hall. An enthusiastic group of 14 students were given an introductory talk on grafting: the reasons we do it, the two main methods, and how to look after the trees for the first few months, when they need constant care. More trees were donated to the Charnwood Forest Landscape Partnership Scheme, and most of the rest were taken away for planting in other local orchards and gardens.
The varieties on offer were again Belvoir Seedling, Prince Charles, Sweetings, Dumelow's Seedling, St. Ailred, Leicester Burton Pippin and Langton's Nonesuch. It is good to get these uncommon varieties out into the community. It's important that trees like this are labelled and mapped so that people in the future know what they are.
Thanks to Carolyn again for organising the event for CFLPS, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
12 Mar 2022
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21 Feb 2022
Grafting workshops completed at Great Easton; 20 Feb, presented by Mel Wilson, Nigel and Alison. There were two 2-hour workshops (10.30-12.30 and 1.30-3.30), in which students were given a brief introduction to grafting; the reasons for doing it and the mechanics of carrying it out; the cleft graft, favoured by Mel, and the whip & tongue graft, favoured by Nigel. The sessions were carried out in the Church Hall and were organised by Bob Mitchell and Teresa Chapman, as part of the Great Easton Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The sessions were popular (15 people on each, and more on a waiting list) and were generously subsidised by "Walk on the Wild Side", a practical component of the Great Easton "Platinum Treebilee". To quote their brochure: "...we have teamed up with the Leicestershire heritage Apple Project which promotes, rediscovers and grows apples with are unique to Leicestershire". Sixty trees were grafted during the day, most of which will be planted locally.
There were six Leicestershire varieties available to graft:
The intention is for a central record to be kept of who grafted what, along with the locations of the trees, so that the varieties have a better chance of being preserved in the future. Please make sure, if you are one of the grafters, that you label the tree with a permanent label, that you tell other people the names of the apples you have grafted, and that you write down and keep a paper record of the trees you have constructed and the exact location (in your garden) of each. You will not remember which is which!
21 Feb 2022
The lunch session involved a tasting of twelve late apple varieties, the latest of which (Burford Yellow) which was picked only a fortnight ago. The active apple-picking period is rather longer than most people realise. The apples used were Burford Yellow, Eden Crab, MM106, Hidden Rose, Mere Pippin, Durrant, Xmas Pink, Marriage Maker, Burford Red, High Cross, Suttonelms and the Huonville Crab. The sugar levels of the students were raised a little by pieces of Alison's home-made apple cake.
The afternoon session gave more practice, particularly on coping with very thin scions, and then each student made two trees. We were pleased to see new arrivals from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, some students coming back for a refresher, and a few old friends encountered at apple and wildlife events around the county.
We hope to see pictures of your grafted trees in a few weeks!
21 Feb 2022
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