The RHS Midlands Fruit Group

owThe Group is an organisation of amateur and professional fruit enthusiasts which is dedicated to all fruit growers in the Midlands of the UK but open to anyone at all interested in fruit growing, in particular apples, pears, cherries and soft fruit. Its aim reflects  the objects of the RHS with respect to fruit growing, to encourage and advance the art, science and practice of fruit growing in all its aspects.

ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

The group is a subgroup of the RHS Fruit Group established in 1945 based at RHS Wisley, Surrey, UK. The Royal Horticultural Society was established in 1804 as the Horticultural Society of London and has over 500,000 members.  It maintains extensive orchards and collections of other fruit at Wisley, Surrey, Rosemoor in Devon and smaller collections at Hyde Hall  in Essex, a new garden, Bridgewater, is being established near Manchester. For further details of the RHS see

www.rhs.org.uk 
https://www.rhs.org.uk/about-the-rhs/pdfs/about-the-rhs/mission-and-strategy/past-annual-reports/rhs-annual-review-2014-15-low-res

MEMBERSHIP

Membership is open to all members of the RHS at a fee of £7-00 per year but guests are welcome to join the email bulletin distribution list free of charge and to attend meetings but RHS admission fees may be chargeable for admission to RHS gardens and to other meetings.

For further details see FG membership leaflet Jan 2017.pdf 
or membership application form Membership application 2017.pdf

Enquiries may also be addressed to membership@thefruitgroup.org.uk

FRUIT GROUP ORCHARD VISITS

Several meetings and visits of the Fruit Group members and guests to areas of interest to fruit growers are held throughout the year and throughout the UK. Some of these visits are to gardens or orchards not normally accessible to the general public. Talks on fruit growing topics are held several times a year at RHS Wisley.

FRUIT TREE GRAFTING and SCION EXCHANGE 2019

A free grafting workshop and scion exchange with expert tuition is held on the second Saturday in March at a professional fruit tree nursery near Pershore or at The National Trust Garden Canons Ashby Northamptonshire

http://walcotnursery.co.uk/

 
                                            
                                     EVENTS and VISITS 2020

Day

Date

Subject

Location

Organiser

Wednesday

January 4th

William Wolmer Blackmoor Nursery a modern take on fruit growing

Wisley

Gerry Edwards

Saturday

March  7th

Grafting Scion Exchange

Walcot Organic Nursery

John Beswick

Thursday

April 2nd

AGM

Wisley

 


 

Postponed to 2021 due to Covid19 restrictions.

 

John Starkey

Roger Merryweather

The Bramley apple

Wisley 

Alan Mansfield

 

 


Further events have been postponed due to the Covid19restrictions



The visits programme  will resume when Covid19 restrictions permit. For further details please contact as below

eMAIL  NEWS BULLETIN and DISCUSSION GROUP

A free email bulletin is distributed frequently for members and guests to discuss fruit growing problems and issues and raise awareness of current topics. See below under NEWS BULLETINS

Twitter. You can follow the main on a daily basis on Twitter:

@TheFruitGroup

RHS Fruit Goup Newsletter

A Newsletter is published by the Wisley based section and distributed to all RHS Fruit Group members several times a year.

FOR SOME RECENT eMAIL NEWS BULLETINS SEE (files listed at bottom of page):


July 9th 2020.pdf             Talk by Dr. William Wolmer of Blackmoor Estates on Fruit growing at Blackmoor
                                       and a webtalk by Jim Arbury (RHS) on unusual fruit

Oct 3rd 2020.pdf              Numerous topics and queries raised by members.
            
January 14th 2017.pdf      Woughton on the Green Community Orchard, Apple storage at Flintham Hall,
                                      Adrian's Orchard

Eddy Vets 2016.pdf        Eddy Vet's Orchard at Heist op den Berg Belgium

Europom 2016.pdf            Europom 2016 in LUXEMBOURG and Comumity Orchard at Heist op den Berg

Dec 29th 2014.pdf         The largest apple tree in Sweden, Europom 2014, Progress at Lyveden NT

Feb 5th 2015.pdf         Royal Warrant for Walcot, Large Pear Tree at Cubbington and HS2, Vitaimn C                                            and Apple, Mobile Juicing, Planting a Community Orchard at Lowdham

See the above topics listed in file list at bottom of page.

EXHIBITING AT FRUIT SHOWS

Membership includes some of the top exhibitors at RHS shows and visits are arranged to their gardens from time to time.

For an example of a member's work as exhibited at an RHS show please see:

Adrian's basket.pdf

For further information please contact John A. Beswick
(Chairman RHS Fruit Group Midlands Branch)

01604 403115
07723959463

johnabeswick@aol.com

or membership@thefruitgroup.org.uk



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