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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

Saturday, 4th October. Applefest 2014, Tenbury Wells, held on the town’s Burgage Recreational Area, from 10.00-5.00pm.

Saturday, 11th October. Apple Day at The Greenwood Centre, Coalbrookdale nr. Telford, from 10.00-5.00pm. Apple pressing using the large community apple press, fresh juice for sale; hog roast, live music, apple display and apple trees for sale, cider bar, WI stalls, craft demonstrations and hands-on opportunities to practice polelathing, pottery etc. Tel. 01952-433594 or 01952-432046.

*Saturday/ Sunday, 11th/ 12th October. The Big Apple. Weekend rural events in and around Much Marcle. £2 entry to historic grounds of Hellens, from 12.00-4.45pm where there will be apple and pear displays, ID services and tastings of a selection of cooking apples. Further details of talks, demonstrations and other events, from Jackie Denman, Tel. 01531 670544.

*Saturday, 18th October. Leominster Apple Fair at The Priory, Leominster. 10.00-4.00pm. Parking nearby in Bridge Street Car Park. Details from Felicity Norman, Tel. 01568 780886.

*Saturday, 18th October. Kemerton Orchard Workers fund-raising Apple Day event at Kemerton Village Hall, nr. Tewkesbury, Glos. 1.00-5.00pm. Apple pressing, and fresh apple juice, home-made jams, tea & cakes for sale. Conservation stands for information and discussion. Visitors can walk to the Kemerton Conservation Trust arboretum and lake. Details from Steve Fletcher, Tel. 01386-725271.

Saturday/Sunday, 18th/ 19th October. Cidermaking Festival at the Cider Museum, Ryelands Street, Hereford. Demonstrations of traditional cidermaking, coopering and blacksmithing. Tutored cider tastings. Morris Dancing. Further details from Cider Museum, Tel. 01432 354207.

*Sunday, 19th October. Note revised date! Chepstow Apple Day, organized by Chepstow Town Council at the Drill Hall, Lower Church Street, Chepstow. Admission free. 11.00-4.00pm. MAN Apple display, apple juice, cider and perry tasting.

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!

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.

Events in 2015

Leominster Morris Wassail 6th January. Leominster Morris, The Wassail. Venue to be announced.

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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