On 27 February the Asby Gardening Club welcomed Hilary Wilson who gave us an inspiring talk about apples, telling us briefly about their history and sharing her passion for growing and propagating apples.
Hilary gave us a demonstration of how to graft apple trees and explained the importance of choosing the correct rootstock so you end up with a suitable sized tree for the space available. Having been grafting apples for many, many years, Hilary made the whole process look very simple and encouraged us all to have a go at trying this ancient technique. She also gave a very detailed demonstration and explanation as to winter pruning of apple trees, and the reasons for doing this.
The members and visitors who came to this meeting enjoyed the evening and learnt something about the apple tree, its fruit, growth habits and how to increase our stock of trees.
Please feel free to contact the Group Officers, as follows:
Chair – Dave Freak
Secretary – Keith Cooper
Treasurer – Louise Reeve
Donations to ATG
If you would like to support the work of the Tree Group by making a donation to help cover the costs of essential tree guards or the purchase of trees for planting, that would be very much appreciated.
Account details are:
Account Name: Asby Tree Group
Sort code: 20-55-41
Account number : 50979708
We will be working with local landowners to identify small areas of land that can be used to plant trees or hedges. Occasional requests will go out to members, seeking volunteers to survey areas of land to assess the age and health of trees and to identify possible planting areas, as well as to take part in planting trees and hedges. These activities will normally be scheduled to last for no more than three hours.
The Tree Group has insurance to cover members carrying out these activities.
A membership form can be downloaded here,
or obtained from the Secretary:
There is currently no membership fee.
COVID Policy (Feb.2022)
Unfortunately Covid-19 has not gone away, and we still want everyone to feel safe whilst being able to enjoy the film.
We use ‘cabaret-style’ seating around suitably spaced tables.
We recommend that you continue to wear a face covering when moving around the village hall, though this may be removed whilst you are seated.
It would also be appreciated if you could complete an antigen (lateral flow) test before attending. (We are more than happy to refund your ticket should your test unfortunately prove positive.)