Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project & Hartpury Trust - Stone fruit: An Orchard Conference

Hartpury College, Hartpury House, Hartpury, GL19 3BE
Saturday, 19 August 2017 -
9:30am to 5:00pm

Taking place in the lovely setting of Hartpury College, this is an exciting opportunity for orchard enthusiasts, fruit lovers, growers and researchers to come together to network and share experiences, knowledge and resources.

Our line up of speakers includes Jim Arbury (RHS), Nick Dunn (RHS, Frank P Matthews), Helen Stace (Colwall Orchard Group), Jenni Waugh and Professor Maggie Andrews (University of Worcester), Paul Read (Suffolk Traditional Orchard Group) and Dr. Matt Ordige (University of Reading), covering topics as diverse as pests and diseases to social history and local collections. And while the emphasis is on traditional orchards we'll also be looking at what the future holds for growing and conserving our local stone fruits.

At lunch time you'll be able to browse our orchard 'bazaar' - stalls offering advice and information, including Natural England, the Animal and Plant Health Agency, Walcot's organic nursery, Bewdley cherry expert, Brian Stephens, The People's Trust for Endangered Species, mistletoe expert Jonathan Briggs and local orchard and conservation groups.

There will also be a chance to look at Gloucestershire Orchard Trust's pioneering LOMISS orchard mapping system, now being trialled in their orchards. Please bring along your own stone fruit to add to a display table - let's see how many varieties we can show! Lunch and refreshments are included in the price (generously sponsored by The Heritage Lottery Fund).

Please join tctop for what promises to be a really great event!

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