Gloucestershire Orchard Trust
Time & Location
About the Event
The Gloucestershire Orchard Trust is the leading charity dedicated to the conservation and celebration of traditional orchards in Gloucestershire. Traditional orchards are a valuable resource and have unique ecological, cultural, genetic, heritage and landscape value that we need to look after. However, changes in agriculture and in the way supermarkets buy and source fruit have meant that about 75% of Gloucestershire’s orchards have been lost in the past 50 years and what was once a familiar part of the landscape is now increasingly rare.
For the past 20 years the Trust has played a leading role in slowing down and reversing the decline of Gloucestershire’s orchards. Its membership and volunteer management committee is passionate about raising the awareness of Gloucestershire’s fruit-growing heritage and landscape, and about conserving the genetic characteristics of the 100+ apple varieties that are unique to Gloucestershire, as well as the 123+ varieties of perry pear that come from the county. A measure of the Trust’s success and commitment was the acquisition in 2015 of a beautiful orchard in Longney, alongside the River Severn.
Martin will be talking to the club about the work of the Trust as well as bringing lovely juices and books to tempt our pockets! Bring some sturdy carrier bags with you to bring the juices and books home with you. He is offering his Speaker fee as a donation to the Trust so we can be sure of a passionate talk!
Competition: ‘ A spray of spring blossom’ (hedgerow or garden)