St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

14 Jan

Mature Fruit Tree Pruning course

Wed 14 Jan 2015 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3ST

One of the many apple trees on St Nicks grown from discarded pips
One of the many apple trees on St Nicks grown from discarded pips

The course will present a demystified introduction to the art and science of pruning top fruit trees not grown as trained forms: why, how, when and where. We will consider the various aims of winter pruning (for maximum fruit, for tree health, for shape and structure) and work together to apply this expertise to St Nicks established trees. Handouts will be available. Please bring your own secateurs, loppers and pruning saws if you have them.

The course will be led by Laura Potts who is a committed and knowledgeable organic gardener. Over the last five years she has planted a community orchard on Scarcroft Green, and initiated planting of orchards at Beningorough Hall and The Retreat after research into original varieties on those sites. Laura has taken fruit pruning courses at Askham Bryan and Ampleforth orchards, and taught workshops at Scarcroft Allotment site. She was a founder of City Harvest – the forerunner of Edible York, is an active member of Northern Fruit Group and was a trustee of Pesticides Action Network for ten years.

Entry: £40/£30 concessions, including members. Advance booking essential via the form below or on 01904 411821.

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