September 3rd 2013
A general introduction to traditional orchards which will cover the history of orchards, rootstocks, grafting, cultivars, identification principles, tree planting, pruning principles and sources of information.
Location: Lower House Farm
September 17th 2013
Advanced pruning principles and practical espalier and cordon pruning.
October 1st 2013
Rescue pruning – some practical application.
October 15th 2013
Harvesting – different methods, storage and ripening. Practical day.
November 5th 2013
Orchard design and tree planting. Includes some practical.
November 19th 2013
Formative pruning of young trees. Practical day.
December 3rd 2013
Maintenance and rejuvination pruning of older trees, including mistletoe. Practical day.
January 7th 2013
Pruning – tree forms etc. Practical day.
Location: Tidnor Wood Orchard
January 21st 2014
All about Perry pears. Includes some practical.
Location: Davies Meadow Nature Reserve
February 4th 2014
Introduction to stone fruit e.g. plums and cherries