Course tutor Tom Nancarrow In 2012 I returned from Brighton to my native East Devon to set up Pip and Stone, a specialist pruning and planting service of fruit trees and orchards. I work closely with Adam's Apples, a fruit tree nursery near Honiton who grows over 140 varieties of apple trees. Adam recommends my services for fruit tree pruning and planting.
Course Detail The course will be held at Trill Farm which has an apple and pear orchard.
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.