We have 2 excellent speakers in Karen Humphries who will talk about the work of The Three Counties Orchard Project followed by Rosemary Winnall of the the Wyre Forest Study Group who will tell us about the most in depth orchard study ever undertaken. Join us for a fascinating day.
Saturday 25th November is our AGM this year to be held at Pudleston Village Hall, HR6 ORA. Do come along and find out about what MAN has been up to in the last year. Start time 11 am A light lunch will be provided we would love to see a good number of you there.
Every year MAN members receive a free newsletter. Each newsletter is a mine of information and covers many aspects of MAN’s work. The following list of contents from the 2002 newsletter is typical.
Every year MAN members receive a free newsletter which is a mine of information and which covers many interesting topics. The following is a digest of the 2003 newsletter.
Each year, in August, MAN produces a newsletter for its members which contains details of activities and knowledgeable articles on many aspects related to apples, pears and orchards. The following is a digest of the 2004 newsletter.
I have always been keenly aware of weather and at one time did the recording and sent in the records daily by telephone from the weather station at Glenmore Lodge, the Outdoor Activity Centre for the Scottish Council of Physical Recreation, where I instructed in Field Studies. For the last 25 years I have received copies of the monthly weather records and Annual Reports, recorded, from 1972 by John Goodger, Head of Science at Gwernyfed School, from the local weather station there. In 1978, it was moved to his smallholding at Felindre, which is situated between Glasbury and Talgarth, in Powys. These are very useful and variations of rainfall, snow cover, late frosts, drought periods, etc often account for variations in flowering times of local plants of interest to me.
So far this year the weather in South Cheshire has been positively Mediterranean. We had a little bit of snow in January, but even this proved to be helpful. The snow was wet and sticky, and as it melted and slid off the roof of our polytunnel it took most of the algal growth and grime with it. This polytunnel is home to our collection of peaches, nectarines, grapes and figs. The improved light levels after the natural cleaning process will certainly be beneficial to the fruit trees’ photosynthesis.
Christopher Boddington, who farms in the south-west of France, describes how the French manage the conservation of ancient apple varieties.