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Apples and Pears Events List

MAN try to include details of all relevant events within the Marcher Counties and the more significant national events. (Pictures from a number of events can be found in the Photograph Gallery). Courses, however, are listed separately. If you are organising or know of a forthcoming event which you think should be included here then please contact the Webmaster. If you spot an error would you also please let the Webmaster know so a correction can be made.

For other events you may find the following useful

It is always advisable, especially if you intend to travel from some distance, to confirm the time and details from the organisers.

At events where Marcher Apple Network will be present (shown with dates in bold) pomological advice will be available and books and CDs will be for sale. At events marked with an asterisk there will be an apple display and MAN will provide an identification service. Please note that for identifications three typical specimens of apple or pear are required and that there is a charge.


Events in 2014

Sunday 26th October. Open day at the Welsh Mountain Cider Tree Nursery & Orchard. Open from 10:00 to 15:00, guided orchard tours followed by cider tasting will start at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. The perfect opportunity to have your questions about tree varieties, tree planting or cider making answered. View and reserve your trees for delivery or collection this winter. Take wellies and a rain coat and a picnic lunch!

Sunday 2nd November. CiderSunday at the Shire Hall in Monmouth. From 11am to 6pm there will be lots of things to eat, drink (craft ciders and perrys) and do.

Friday, 14th November. Join Gloucestershire Orchard Trust, Hartpury Heritage Trust, Marcher Apple Network and the Malvern Hills AoNB Partnership at the Three Counties Showground and discover what the future holds for Orchards. The theme of the Orchard Conference for 2014 will explore what the future holds for orchards of all kinds, be they in contemporary production, or under traditional or conservation management. This conference will blend expert presentations from well known owners and producers, with exhibitions and workshops of related subjects and issues. There will be ample opportunities to network, gain new insights and discuss other key issues of current importance and debate. Chaired by Nick Dunn, CEO of Frank Matthews Ltd, Tenbury Wells, Worcs (and MAN director) the speakers are:

The conference begins with registration & coffee at 9:15 and closes at 17:30. Tickets, which include admission and lunch, are £20 (£10 for students). To book your place call the Ticket Office 01684 584 924.

Saturday, 29th November. MAN AGM at the Cider Museum, Hereford, coffee from 10:30 for an 11:00 start. After the formal business there will be an talk by Hilary Dodson, the chair of the National Fruit Group.

Sunday 6th December. CiderSunday at the Shire Hall in Monmouth. From 11am to 6pm there will be lots of things to eat, drink (craft ciders and perrys) and do.

Events in 2015

Leominster Morris Wassail 6th January. Leominster Morris, The Wassail at the Nag’s Head, Canon Pyon. 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.

Sunday 11th January. Open day at the Welsh Mountain Cider Tree Nursery & Orchard. Open from 10:00 to 15:00, guided orchard tours followed by cider tasting will start at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. The perfect opportunity to have your questions about tree varieties, tree planting or cider making answered. Weather permitting it will be possible to buy trees or collect your reserved trees. Take wellies and a rain coat and a picnic lunch!

Saturday, 14th February (alternately Sunday 15th February). COURSE - WINTER PRUNING OF APPLE TREES. Marcher Apple Network is holding a practical course on Winter Pruning of Apple Trees. This course will be led by Paul Davis, who is a very experienced horticulturalist with many years of growing and tending fruit trees. The course will be restricted to 12 people. Paul will explain the objectives of pruning, provide guidance notes and give a demonstration of pruning at MAN’s Tredomen Court orchard. You may then carry out guided pruning on our trees to gain real “hands on” experience making decisions and carrying them out. See Courses for more details.

Saturday, 28th February. COURSE - GRAFTING APPLE TREES. For the last two years, Tom Adams, a highly experienced orchardist, has given us a superb day of training in grafting skills. Participants took four grafted trees away; reports mention these babies are growing vigorously. It’s going to be repeated for a third year! If you’re interested in joining the fun, and learning too, do please book early for this. There are just twelve places. See Courses for more details.

Help is required at all events. (Free tickets provided & mileage paid!) If you can assist at any of the events which MAN will be attending please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator.


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