Monday, 20 November 2017

How to prune fruit tree

TWO tree pruning courses will be held at Cross Lanes Fruit Farm in Mapledurham.

TWO tree pruning courses will be held at Cross Lanes Fruit Farm in Mapledurham.

The courses - held on Saturday, January 31 and Thursday, February 5 - are designed for all levels and the overall objectives and the effect of pruning will be explained.

The course will concentrate on apple trees, highlighting where the treatment of plums and pears differ. It will cover the general principles, tree shape, major branch removal and range from rescuing neglected trees to training new trees.

Detailed pruning techniques will be demonstrated and participants will be able have a go on the trees in the orchard.

Applicants must book for the half-day courses as places are limited. Ring (01189) 723167 for application forms.





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TWO courses on tree pruning are to be held at Cross Lanes Fruit Farm in Mapledurham.

They are designed for anyone from novices to professional gardeners and will concentrate on apple trees, explain how pruning is the secret to a good crop.

Each half-day course will cover the general principles, tree shape, major branch removal, rescuing neglected trees and training new trees as well as recgonising pests and diseases. Detailed pruning techniques will be demonstrated and participants will be able to put their new skills into practice in the orchards at the farm, which contain about 2,000 trees.

The courses will be on Saturday, January 31 and Thursday, February 5.

Applicants must book for the courses as places are limited. Call farm owner Gill Franklin 0118 972 3167 for an application form.

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