This two part course will look at the theory behind the techniques used to prune a range of fruit trees for health and productivity as well as a demonstration of pruning both young and mature trees. We will also discuss renovation of neglected or badly pruned trees. There will be an option of an additional session visiting one of our student’s orchards to do a bespoke session if numbers are sufficient.
Part 1: How do plant hormones influence growth and how can we use our understanding of the processes to prune our trees for maximum health and best fruiting? A theory session looking at plant growth, pruning techniques and training of young trees. How to tackle a neglected tree and improve health. 2 hours (morning)
Part 2: Practical pruning demonstration and the opportunity to have a go. Advanced techniques covering espaliers and trained forms of tree. Question and answer session for your own pruning problems. 2 hours (afternoon)
The course will run from 10.00am – 2.30pm with a half hour lunch break. A light lunch will be provided. Please wear warm work clothes appropriate to the weather as there will be some outdoor activities. Cost of the course is 35 euros per person including lunch.
Courses running on Thursday 1st March and Saturday 3rd March. We will send you confirmation and further information once we have received your payment.
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