Up and Coming Events  

Old Trafford Open Gardens Sunday 2nd July 2017 11-5 pm

Orchard 49 is one of the community gardens featured.  Come along and see the orchard, the bees and have a wander around the allotment site as a whole.

Apple Day Saturday 8th October 2016 12-3 pm

Past Events

Low Carbon Preserving workshop Saturday 10th September 2011
Vicki Leng will be showing how to preserve food using minimal energy, with bottling and dehydration. This is a practical session run in association with Cracking Good Food.

24th September - Apple Day at Seymour Grove Allotments 12-3 p.m.

For more information about any of these events please email

Preserving demonstration 24th October 2010
Twenty five people attended this demonstration by Janine Lishman Peat from Country Markets.  Feedback from the event has been very positive, with people enthused about preserving and learning more. There was also interest in establishing a Country Markets branch for Manchester and a group of us will be progressing this.

Some comments following the day - what people liked about the workshop: 
"Janine's very natural approach - she was very knowledgeable yet you didn't feel intimidated by that knowledge i.e. she made me feel that I could do it. I also really loved her passion for her subject.”
“that it was shown and lots and lots and lots of useful tips the opportunity to ask questions at any time”
“I thought it was a great afternoon - Janine was a very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and interesting demonstrator. I thought it was great that she could answer so many different questions without being thrown and whilst being so entertaining. I also liked that we could see what she was doing and get to taste it too! The booklet that Janine produced was also excellent - it's great to have her recipes to be able to get on with”
“Janine's delivery, excellent organisation, other people's enthusiasm and input (e.g. asking questions, getting involved), the handouts are great, location/venue excellent.”
“Informal, very informative, very interesting, kept your attention, there was a good mix of people, the speaker was interactive with her audience and you were allowed to join in and participate, allowed to ask questions.  Although I have made my own preserves and jams, it was good to listen and watch someone with a whole lot more experience and learnt lots of new things and ideas.”
We will be organising some hands on sessions in 2011 so if you are interested in these, please contact us on

Apple Day Celebration October 16th 2010

OTAGS hosted its first Apple Day on October 16th.  It was a great success, with gallons of juice pressed.  Lots of young people tried their hand at pressing apples and learnt where the juice in the cartons comes from, and how much more delicious it is when its freshly pressed.

We collected kilos of fallen fruit from around the allotment site and used this to make the juice.  A mini production line of volunteers cut the apples up, turned the handle of the crusher before the fruit went into the press.

The photo is of the apple tasting.  Mary Eastwood from Timperley Community Orchard  brought many heritage varieties with her and people had the opportunity to taste.  Plotholders also to used the samples, and Mary's expertise to try to identify varieties they have on their plots.

Our See More Fruit Trail was enjoyed by many, with very positive feedback - lots of 10 out of 10s on the answer sheets.

As usual, we excelled in our hospitality providing a range of home made delights, largely using produce grown on our site.

For more photographs of the day follow this link