East Malling Short Courses

Summer Pruning of Fruit Trees


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Course dates available:

June 27, 2024
Venue: Afternoon session, Bradbourne House

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Cost: £65
Certification: EMSC certificate

This largely practical workshop will cover the basic principles of summer pruning and enable you to commence pruning with confidence. 

Some of these will take place partly in the Hatton Fruit Garden formerly the kitchen garden of the Grade 1 listed Bradbourne House. Plantings in the Hatton Fruit Garden were inspired by the fruit plantings in Louis XIV kitchen garden at Versailles. The fruit trees have been trained and pruned over many decades to produce cordons, espaliers, goblets, pyramids, fans, arches, crowns, le bateau and arcure forms.

This course will cover the basic principles of summer pruning.

The 3 hour session will cover:

  • Why Prune?
  • Winter v Summer pruning.
  • What happens after pruning.
  • How to keep your tree under control
  • How to produce the right size and shape to suit your garden
  • Equipment
  • Essential tips and trade secrets

The morning courses will run 9.30 am  to 12.30 pm and the afternoon sessions will be 1.30pm to 4.30 pm. Light refreshments will be available.

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