Members of the Tree Fruit Society of Wales are involved with the Afallon Teilo project in Llandeilo. The aim of this project is to set up a community orchard on land owned by the National Trust.
Members of the Tree Fruit Society of Wales are acting as consultants to the CREATION project in Blaengarw, creating a 5 acre orchard on reclaimed land.
The society hopes to begin planting an orchard around the recently refurbished Pineapple House at Scolton Manor . Many thanks to Sheepwalk Horticultural Services who are supplying specially grafted trees of welsh varieties.
Gerald is recovering well from his operation. He is very positive in his outlook and hopes to be back in the Gardening club meetings in October.
Further to the Meetings in May the Garden Clubs will meet once a month until October. The Wednesday group will meet on the second Wedsnesday of each month at 10.30 am, the Tuesday group will meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 7.00pm. In June the theme of the meetings will be Members Gardens, with a number of members giving short talks on their own gardens.
Gerald is much fitter now and plans on restarting the Tuesday and Wednesday meetings at the end of the October Half term Break.
The Tuesday meeting will be on Tuseday 4th November, at 7.00pm.
The Wednesday meeting will be Wednesday 5th November at 10.30am.
The interim monthly meetings will continue in October, being on Weds 8th October at 10.30 am and Tues 14th October at 7.00pm.
The Apple and Fruit day is scheduled for 11th October 10.00am to 4.00pm . We need volunteers to help on the day. If you can spare a couple of hours (or more), please contact John Rattenbury (email@example.com) 01437 731651 or Lesley Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) 01437 710398
A poster for the Apple and Fruit Day is available here as a PDF file. It would be much appreciated if you could download it and print 1 or 2 copies for display in your local area.
The committee met last night to discuss next years programme (see the programme page)
It was decided that, due to the unavoidable programme disruption this year, members who had paid their 2008 subscriptions would receive a complimentary 2009 membership.
Suggested dates for the 2009 Apple and Fruit day are a 2 day event on the weekend of August 22/23 2009, with an apple identification day on October 31st 2009. Mark these dates in your diary. Volunteers will be needed to help on and before the event, so please let us know if you can help.
Plans for the orchard around the restored Pineapple House continue. We hope to plant around 40 trees, grafted onto dwarfing root stocks. The costs of this will be met from society funds. If you wish to donate, without cost to yourself, using easysearch as your search engine will earn the society approx 0.5p for every search you make. To do this follow this link and select Tree Fruit society of Wales as your cause. If you like it you can add easysearch to your browser from that page.
Members of the society have been collecting graft wood from a number of old trees, some known varieties, some unknown types in gardens and hedgerows in various parts of Wales. Wood has also been collected from an orchard due to be felled for development. Many thanks to everyone notifying us of trees and orchards, the help of members and of the public in finding varieties is invaluable.
Members are now working hard to prepare for the Apple and Fruit weekend at Scolton Manor on the 22nd and 23rd of August. If you can help either with preparations or on the weekend please let us know. If you would like a stall at the event please contact us by clicking here.
Gerald is recovering from his fall but will not be starting his Scolton Talks again until November
Work is continuing for the Apple Day on the 31st October.
Due to the bad weather over the winter, it was decided to cancel the first meeting of the year. The next meeting is scheduled for April 12th 2010, at Scolton Manor. Please note that this is earlier in the month than usual. If any members are willing to stand for commitee posts please contact Gerald, Lesley or Steve.
Members again manned an Apple Identification Desk at the Really Wild Food Festival. An interview with Lesley Jones about the work of TFSW has been published on the BBC website
Apologies for the lack of updates to the website, both Lesley and Gerald have suffered ill health recently but thankfully they are now both feeling much better.