Welcome to the North Cumbria Orchard Group website

North Cumbria Orchard Group is an independent association founded in 2010 to conserve, promote and celebrate orchards in North Cumbria. Although not as traditionally associated with orchards as more southerly and easterly areas of England, in years gone by, most of the farms in North Cumbria had a small orchard to supply fruit for the family and farm workers. The Group seeks to preserve what is left of these orchards and to encourage the planting of new orchard trees to conserve local varieties and to establish varieties that perform well in the local climate.

By pursuing these aims, we hope to realise a number of important benefits:

  • To maintain and improve biodiversity. Orchards, and particularly traditional orchards, provide an excellent environment for a diversity of plant and animal species.
  • To encourage sustainable food. Orchards produce good crops of fruit which is usable year-round for very little input. Locally produced food involves minimal energy usage and positively benefits the environment. Furthermore the flavour of such fruit is frequently superior to imported supermarket fruit and certainly provides for much greater variety and interest.
  • To improve health and well-being. Eating fruit is good for you. Pressed juices are healthier than manufactured drinks and 100% juice cider is healthier than apple-based alco pops.  Planting and caring for trees aids mental health and orchards in cities provide a welcome sanctuary.
  • Last, but not least, if you join the Group, you can have lots of fun with all sorts of activities such as orchard visits, juicing days, pruning and grafting sessions, cookery events and social activities.

Download an information sheet.

This website is designed to support the Group’s aims by providing helpful information to the public, particularly the residents of and visitors to North Cumbria, as well as providing a networking centre for members of the Group. If you experience any difficulties using the site or have any suggestions for improvements, please contact the webmaster. 

Forthcoming events

Jan 1970

Latest news

Mosser Cider available in Cockermouth

Posted 15th Dec 2016 by MarkEvens

If the webmaster is permitted a small plug: Mosser Cider made (mostly) from apples in my orchard at Mosser is now available for sale in Shills of Cockermouth (South Street, opposite Sainsbury's delive ... (read more)

2016 AGM

Posted 15th Dec 2016 by MarkEvens

Our AGM took place on November 18th. Once more the Herdwick Inn did us proud with lashings of food and ample accommodation. The business session was short so we quickly tucked into the food, which was ... (read more)

Loads of apples, buckets of juice

Posted 15th Dec 2016 by MarkEvens

2016 has been a bumper year for apples. We were juicing on four occasions: - Apple day at Acorn Bank (Oct 9th) - At Great Salkeld on October 23rd - At Mosser on November 6th - Back at Acorn Bank on No ... (read more)

Social at Skelton: cake, a raffle & a few new grafts

Posted 27th Sep 2016 by Kate Stewart

On August 27th 2016, Kate the secretary along with her mum Liz hosted a social which was well-attended by various NCOG members. For late summer, we couldn't have fixed the weather better and the gues ... (read more)

Newton Rigg Grafting, or, how to create a portable orchard

Posted 22nd Mar 2016 by Kate Stewart

The day commenced in fine style with a demonstration of how to create matching notches in a rootstock and scion, then make the incisions known as the whip and tongue and slide them together, enabling ... (read more)

Recent forum posts

Grafting workshop February 16th by MarkEvens
[NCOG] AGM 23-11-18 by MarkEvens
[NCOG] Juicing at Wigton 18-11-18 by MarkEvens
[NCOG] Juicing at Mosser 25/11/18 by MarkEvens
[Other] Apple juicing at Acorn Bank 10-11-18 by MarkEvens