The RHS Midlands Fruit Group

The 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 1810 and has over 420,000 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

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 2017

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.  Next grafting session at Eggesford Garden Centre near Tiverton Devon, 10am 4th February, organised by RHS SW Fruit Group.  NEXT Midlands MEETING Saturday March 11th 11.00 am till 2.00pm at Walcot Organic Nursery. Pershore,

http://walcotnursery.co.uk/
 
                                            
                                            EVENTS and VISITS 2017

Day

Date

Subject

Location

Organiser

Saturday

February 4th

Grafting Scion exchange

Eggesford

South West Group

Saturday

March  10th

Grafting Scion Exchange

Walcot

John Beswick

Thursday

April 11th

AGM

Wisley

 

 

 

Cobnuts

Wisley 

Meg. Game

 

 

April 13th- 15th

Cardiff Show

 

RHS

 

May 10th- 13th

Malvern Show

Malvern

RHS

 

May 22nd-26th

Chelsea Show

Malvern

RHS


June 16th

Chatsworth Show

 

RHS

 Wednesday    

June 26th

Currants

Wisley 

Main Group


July 3rd-8th

Hampton Court

 

RHS

 

July 11th 12th    

Plant and Art Fair


Westminster

RHS

Thursday

July 12th 

Sparsholt College 

Sparsholt

Hampshire

 Main Group 

Saturday

11.00am

July 21st

Nursery tour and budding demonstration with practice

Walcot Organic Nursery, Pershore

Midlands

John Beswick

Thursday

11.00am

August

9th

Canons Ashby Gardens and orchards

To view results of restoration carried out over past 30 years

Canons Ashby

near Moreton Pinkney Daventry

Midlands 

John Beswick



Sunday

September 16th

Clumber Park

NT with Head Gardener

Nottingham

WMFG

Adrian Baggaley

Monday

September 17th

Le Manoir aux

Quat.Saisons

Great Milton

Oxford

Main Group

 

Oct 26th 28th

 

London Urban Garden Show

Westminster

RHS

 

October 27th 28th

Europom

Les Croquers des Pommes

Troyes, France

RHS, WMFG, John Beswick

Thursday

1st November

The Denbigh plum (& Citrus?)

Wisley Keith Lester

(&Another?)

Main Group


 

 

Medwyn Williams masterclass

Llanberris

Adrian Baggaley

The visits programme  is evolving, for further details please contact as below

eMAIL  NEWS BULLETIN and DISCUSSION GROUP

An 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

RHS Fruit Goup Newsletter

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

NEWS BULLETINS

FOR SOME RECENT NEWS BULLETINS SEE:

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
Eujropom 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

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 a recent show please see:

Adrians basket.pdf

Contact John A. Beswick
(Chairman RHS Fruit Group Midlands Branch)
for further details:

01604 403115
07723959463

johnabeswick@aol.com

or:

fruit_group_membership@hotmail.co.uk

John A. Beswickhttps://sites.google.com/site/rhsmidlandfruitgroup/

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