Orchard News

 8th National Scionwood Swap


The Mid Shires Orchard Group & People’s Trust for Endangered Species  are pleased to present this fantastic joint event on Sunday, February 28th 2016 Kindly hosted by Buckingham Garden Centre, Tingewick Road, Buckingham, MK18 4AE

Orchard groups, fruit tree owners and enthusiasts are invited to come along and share, swap and buy scionwood (one-year old shoots for used for grafting) from many rare and local heritage apple, pear, plum and cherry varieties, as well as from garden trees and family favourites. These can be grafted on the day onto rootstocks of choice, or be taken home for grafting, to make new fruit trees. Grown on and planted out in gardens, community or home orchards, fields and hedgerows, they will mature and in due course to bear wonderful heritage fruit. Help us increase awareness of local fruit heritage, give access to unusual varieties and create new trees to ensure their survival!

About the Mid Shires Orchard Group

We aim to conserve and promote enjoyment and use of the local orchards and rich apple traditions of the four ‘mid-shires’ counties of Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. We support our membership and communities across these counties in their orchard endeavours. Why not join us and get involved? Email us at:

About the PTES

The People’s Trust for Endangered Species aims to increase opportunities for long-term wildlife habitat conservation, through traditional orchard husbandry and succession planting of apple trees.

PTES Orchard Grants – Get Trees for Free!

See for eligibility details. For one day only, we will extend grants to cover existing community orchards. Come on the day, or contact us for a mail-order variety list!

Mail-order Scionwood Scheme

If you can’t get to the Scionwood Swap, pre-order scions with our mail-order service; scions will be sent out after the event. Contact for a list of fruit tree varieties and pricing.


Websites for the organisations involved in putting on this year’s event can be found here:

Mid Shires Orchard Group:

People’s Trust for Endangered Species:

Buckingham Garden Centre, see:

Contact Us:

MSOG Chairman, Claire Conway-Crapp at:

PTES Orchard Biodiversity Officer, Steve Oram at:

The Mid Shires Orchard Group is for all enthusiasts of orchards, apples and heritage top fruit in Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. For more information on who we are, what we do and how to join in, contact us at:

or call Claire on 01280 814928 / 07973 667221

Let's keep in touch...

We'd love to tell you about our conservation work through our regular newsletter Wildlife World, and also how you can save endangered species through volunteering, taking action or donating. You must be 18 or over. The information that you provide will be held by People’s Trust for Endangered Species. For information on how PTES processes personal data, please see our privacy policy.

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