We're proud to announce that the first of LandBase course’s went ahead at the start of February! Read about the day from Course Co-ordinator and Market Gardener of Trill Farm, Ashley Wheeler...
The first LandBase course was led by Tom Nancarrow of Pip & Stone and Adam's Apples. The course was held at Trill Farm in their apple and pear orchards.
About 10 people attended and the day started with tea and coffee and a chat about the theory of pruning, covering why and how we do it. We then ventured out into the beautiful sunshine and Tom put the theory into practice with a couple of trees before letting the course participants loose on the apple orchard.
I think what was especially interesting about the course was that we were dealing with trees that had been previously pruned by many different people in many different ways, so we had to look at the trees and think about how they should look in a few years time, especially in the case of training trees to have central leaders, where central leaders had been pruned out.
I think the fact that we worked with trees that had not been perfectly managed before made the course more realistic (in that it is probably quite common to be pruning trees that are not perfect) and meant that the participants had to think more about why and how they should prune.
Overall it was a great day and everybody left feeling like they wanted to crack on and put their learning into practice!
With it’s success we've decided to run this course again next Autumn. For more details or to book click here.... Don’t miss out on a place!