The following links may be of interest.
The National Fruit Collection (formerly Brogdale) www.nationalfruitcollection.org.uk/
Wisley RHS – large orchards of old varieties www.rhs.org.uk
Common Ground – champions local diversity www.commonground.org.uk
Peoples' Trust for Endangered Species: Traditional Orchards, a guide to Wildlife and Management www.ptes.org/files/712_orchard_guide_edition2.pdf
South Lakes Orchard Group (our sister organisation in the south of the county) www.slorchards.co.uk
Northern Fruit Group www.northernfruitgroup.com
Acorn Bank, Temple Sowerby www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-acornbankgardenandwatermill
Growing Well, Sizergh www.growingwell.co.uk
Lancashire Apples Project www.lancscc.gov.uk
Westmorland Damson Association www.lythdamsons.org.uk/
Cheshire Biodiversity www.cheshire-biodiversity.org.uk/action-plans/listing.php?id=23
Some other regional groups
Central Core Network Scotland and Tayside Biodiversity Partnerships www.taysidebiodiversity.co.uk
East of England Apples and Orchards Project www.applesandorchards.org.uk
Gloucestershire Orchard Group www.gloucestershireorchardgroup.org.uk
Marcher Apple Network www.marcherapple.net
Frank Matthews, Tenbury Wells, Gloucestershire www.frankpmatthews.com/growers.htm
RV Rogers of Pickering www.rvroger.co.uk (10% discount available for members on giving their membership number)
Orange Pippin www.orangepippintrees.co.uk
Slow Food UK www.slowfood.org.uk
The Wittenham Hill Cider Pages www.cider.org.uk/frameset.htm
Management of Traditional Orchards - Environmental Stewardship Guidance 033 http://naturalengland.etraderstores.com/NaturalEnglandShop/TIN012
There is a very important section on perry pears and their maturation and milling on this web site. The links section has lots of general orchard apple cider info homepage.ntlworld.com/scrumpy/cider/homepage.htm
Vigo: Suppliers of apple presses, cider presses, fruit presses, crushers and mills www.vigopresses.co.uk
Information sheets on various topics are available for download. Please click on the links below.
Why graft? - Information about the purpose of grafting and different apple rootstocks
Grafting - How to do whip and tongue grafts on apple trees
Apple tree pruning - for bush form
How to build an apple press - Build a sturdy and efficient press for well under half the price it would cost to buy one
Research and articles
In 1997 a survey of orchards in two North Cumbrian parishes was carried out - see The Cumbria Apple Project web pages for full details (or download the original document as a pdf file here, but be aware that the file is 25mb). Please note that the Cumbria Apple Project materials remains the property of the original authors, Nick Hirst and Peter Emsley.
The Northern Pomona. Editor: Linden Hawthorne.
An excellent book on northern apple varieties with beautiful watercolour plates and lots of recipes too.
The Apple Book. Author: Rosie Sanders.
The definitive modern illustrated guide to English (and some international) apple varieties. Possibly the best illustrations for identification puposes.
The Fruit Garden Displayed. Author: Harry Baker.
The authoritative text on fruit growing. Currently out of print but numerous old editions are available second-hand.
The Apple Grower. Author: Michael Phillips.
A book from the US for apple-growing enthusiasts, particularly with reference to organic orchards. Some of the information is (East Coast) US-specific, but there is much of value.
Real Cidermaking. Authors: Micahel Pooley & John Lomax.
A great introduction to cider-making, including information for making your own press.
Craft Cider Making. Author: Andrew Lea.
Another excellent guide from a technical expert who spent 13 years at the Long Ashton Reserarch Station (for the National Fruit and Cider Institute).
[Other] Crossrigg House, June 7th, 2013 by MarkEvens
[Other] Damson Day, Lyth valley, April 13th, 2013 by MarkEvens
[NCOG] Orchard visit and summer pruning by MarkEvens
[NCOG] Orchard visit and scything by MarkEvens
[Other] Blossom day at Acorn Bank by MarkEvens