A Gwynedd Branch Study Day on Traditional Orchards on Saturday 16th October 2010

Once a common sight within the landscape, the traditional orchard habitat is now under serious threat and the extent of traditional orchards in Wales has declined sharply since the mid-20th century.

The venue for the day is a restored barn at Maes-y-Porth, near Brynsiencyn on Anglesey, home of Alison and David Lea-Wilson.  They have a wonderful walled garden with many productive old fruit trees.  David produces about 300 bottles of apple juice each year and will demonstrate the press, and there will be apple juice to sample.

PROGRAMME

10.30am     Coffee and registration 
11.00 The Biodiversity of Traditional Orchards
 Simon Farr – North Wales Wildlife Trust
11.50

 CALU Orchard Project –
A joint venture by CALU (Bangor University’s Centre for Alternative Land Use) and
Snowdonia National Park to promote orchards within the park.
Lesley Thomas – project manager

 12.30Buffet Lunch
 1.30pmTour of the Walled Garden
 2.00The Orchard at Erddig,  a National Trust Property
Glyn Smith – Head Gardener
 2.45 Tea
  
The cost of the day will be £18 per person to include talks, coffee, tea and lunch.