Courses

Planning and Planting a New Orchard

Saturday 18th November 2017

Another opportunity to come along to my Planning and Planting an Orchard course for the excellent Landbase. It will be hed at Monkton Wyld, near Axminster, East Devon and includes a delicious homemade vegetarian lunch with cheese and veg from Monkton Wyld.

Are you looking to plant a small orchard for yourself and your family? Or maybe a community orchard in your local town? Perhaps you have greater ambitions of starting a new juice and cider enterprise.

They are many things to consider before planting a new orchard – choosing the best site, understanding pollination, selecting a root stock, the best varieties, potential yields, when to plant, how to protect from rabbits/sheep/deer… and that’s before you’ve even dug the first hole.

This one-day course will put you on the right path to planting an orchard of healthy and productive fruit trees suitable for your location and needs. It will be predominantly classroom-based learning with slides and discussion, with some practical sessions for tree planting and formative pruning.

Visit Landbase to book a place or  contact me directly for any further enquiries.

Course runs 10am- 3pm.  £60.00. Includes lunch

To book please go to www.landbase.org.uk and on the ‘Courses’ page click through on ‘Confirmed Landbase Courses’.

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Apple and Pear Tree Pruning

Saturday 25th November 2017

The course will be held at Trill Farm, Axminster, East Devon.
Learn how to prune apple and pear trees for optimum tree health and quality fruit with this one-day practical course.

The day will start with some classroom-based discussion on why we prune fruit trees, outlining the key objectives and main aims. We will also discuss the best tools for the job.

Some tutor-led pruning demonstrations on apple and pear trees will then help you to see how the theory is applied in the orchard. Course participants will then have the chance to start pruning by themselves, with guidance and advice on hand.

We will be working on trees of different ages, the apples are around ten years old and the pears around four years old, giving you the opportunity to learn maintenance pruning of established fruit trees and formative pruning of younger trees.

As we will be working mostly outside please bring warm clothing and wet weather gear. Gloves are also highly recommended.

A limited number of secateurs and pruning saws will be available but please bring your own if you have any.

The course includes a delicious lunch made by Chris at The Old Dairy Kitchen at Trill.

To book please go to www.landbase.org.uk and on the ‘Courses’ page click through on ‘Confirmed Landbase Courses’.

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Summer Pruning Fruit Trees

Sunday  13th August 2017

@ Monkton Wyld Court Charmouth, Dorset

11am – 3pm

£25.00

Would you like to learn how to summer prune your fruit trees to grow beautiful and bountiful trained forms – espaliers, cordons, fans and more?

This short course will cover the reasons for summer pruning and the various trained forms you can grow, with a practical demonstration showing you how to summer prune.

Course attendees will then prune the various trained fruit trees in Monkton Wyld’s walled garden.

You will need to bring: Notepad/pen Secateurs Loppers/pruning saws if you have them

To make a booking on this course please visit Monkton Wyld’s Courses page

and scroll down until you find the Fruit Tree Summer Pruning option.

 

 

 

Apple and Pear Tree Pruning

Saturday 4th February 2017

Red Poltimore apples

The course will be held at Trill Farm, Axminster, East Devon.
Learn how to prune apple and pear trees for optimum tree health and quality fruit with this one-day practical course.

The day will start with some classroom-based discussion on why we prune fruit trees, outlining the key objectives and main aims. We will also discuss the best tools for the job.

Some tutor-led pruning demonstrations on apple and pear trees will then help you to see how the theory is applied in the orchard. Course participants will then have the chance to start pruning by themselves, with guidance and advice on hand.

We will be working on trees of different ages, the apples are around ten years old and the pears around four years old, giving you the opportunity to learn maintenance pruning of established fruit trees and formative pruning of younger trees.

As we will be working mostly outside please bring warm clothing and wet weather gear. Gloves are also highly recommended.

A limited number of secateurs and pruning saws will be available but please bring your own if you have any.

The course includes a lunch made by Chris at The Old Dairy Kitchen at Trill.

To book please go to www.landbase.org.uk and on the ‘Courses’ page click through on ‘Confirmed Landbase Courses’.

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6 Comments

  1. Gavin Scott November 14, 2014 10:43 am Reply

    Please can I book a place on your pruning day course on December 13th
    thank-you

    Gavin

  2. Derek Carter November 17, 2014 9:34 pm Reply

    Hello Tom
    Super talk at Branscombe earlier this evening. Thanks
    Lucombes Pine … a lovely Exeter heritage apple.
    Please sign me up for your Dec. 13th. pruning course at Broadclyst.
    Looking forward to meeting you again.
    Best wishes
    Derek Carter
    Tel: 01395 514227 Mob: 07974 428059

  3. Val Wright July 24, 2016 1:25 pm Reply

    Hi Tom, we spoke on the phone the other day, you were going to send me some details on basic pruning courses for this year, it was my husband Steve that called you.

    Regards
    Val Wright

  4. Helen Winchester November 23, 2016 4:15 pm Reply

    Hi Tom. I wonder if you do vouchers for future courses. My partner is planning to plant fruit trees on a piece of land we have recently purchased and mentioned that he would love to learn how to prune them properly as although he does know a lot about general gardening, he doesn’t have any experience on fruit trees. Would like to buy this as a surprise Christmas present, so a voucher for a future course would be ideal. Best wishes, Helen.

  5. Melanie Barwick January 23, 2018 8:34 pm Reply

    Hi, do you have fruit pruning courses in the next month or so? Please advice.

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