The Tom Martin Memorial – A Community Fruit Growing Symposium


Key Details



A meeting to celebrate community fruit growing and wildlife organised by the Community Orchard Collective in collaboration with NHSN

Please note: this Eventbrite page is for information only. This meeting is free and open to all, but please book to secure a place. Please tell friends, family, and colleagues too.

Location: Clore Suite, ground floor, Great North Museum: Hancock

Date: Saturday 23 March, 10.00 am-3.00 pm

Important information

The meeting starts at 10.00 and will include talks by James MacDuff of Ystwyth Valley Apple Breeders who will set out a practical guide to amateur fruit breeding and Callum Edwards our local plant health inspector who will provide an overview of existing and emerging pest and disease threats to our trees and fruits and will help us to establish effective protocols to protect against them. This years interactive networking session will focus on 'value adding' so that we might learn from each other how best to preserve and process the fruits of our labours.

Tea and coffee will be available, but please bring your own lunch. The meeting will finish by 15.00.

About this meeting

Tom Martin of Wylam (1963-2022) was a nurseryman committed to his local community; serving as Chair of Wylam Parish Council, but perhaps his greatest legacy can be found in the work he put into establishing and supporting community orchards in and around Wylam, and across the wider region. Tom co-organised the inaugural 'Fruit on the Tyne' conference and, before his untimely death, had spoken of a desire to see such an event take place again and so in recognition of his many years of hard work and dedication we have the honour of inviting you to 'The Tom Martin Memorial'.

Accessibility Information

This event will be held in the Clore Suite located on the Ground Floor of the Great North Museum: Hancock. Access via the main museum reception.