I am running two apple tree pruning courses this winter, please see below for details.
Saturday 13th December 2014:
Pruning young apple trees @ Broadclyst Community Farm (map)
Learn how to create well-structured and productive apple trees with this lesson in formative pruning and orchard management. A mixture of practice and theory. Some tools will be available but please bring secateurs if you have them. We will be working on young trees – around 5 years old.
10.00 – 3:00pm / £30.00 Vegetarian lunch included
Saturday 7th February 2015:
Pruning mature apple trees @ Escot (map)
Learn the art of pruning mature apple trees and caring for old orchards, with this practical pruning day in a traditional Devon orchard.
9.30 – 3:30pm / £45.00 Lunch not included but refreshments available at Escot Coach House Resturant
Tools: This day will involve more work with a pruning saw than secateurs. I will have a small number available but it would be a worthwhile investment if you are going to be pruning fruit trees regularly. There is really only one saw worth considering for fruit tree work, the Silky Fox Gomtaro pull saw. Expensive, but you won’t regret it!