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Orchard pruning volunteer training day
19 February, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
At Tinnel Farm Cottage, near Pentillie Castle (PL12 6QG). Turn off the Saltash to Callington road at Paynters Cross, follow the lane past the entrance to Pentillie and continue for nearly a mile to the first left turn. Turn left and follow the lane to a T junction, turn left and see the white cottage on your left.
Join Helping Hands for Heritage (HH4H) to learn the art and skills of pruning old Cornish apple varieties in the historic landscape of Pentillie at the Tinnel orchard. We will work with feet firmly on the ground to prune out dead, diseased and crowded branches on middle aged, unpruned apple trees to let more light and air into the framework of each tree. This will encourage greater health, longer life and better fruiting in the trees.
We will cover safe work techniques and hand tool use, a background to the orchard site, different varieties of apple trees and their uses, and methods of care and pruning suitable for each tree. The day will be run by Dave Readman.
Please dress warmly for the weather on the day with sturdy footwear. All training, lunch, refreshments and tools provided but if you have favourite secateurs, pruning saw, loppers and gloves, please bring them.
Part of the Tamar Valley AONB ‘Helping Hands for Heritage’ project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to build the capacity of volunteers in the Tamar Valley AONB.
Booking is essential for this event: numbers are limited. Please contact the Tamar Valley AONB to book, or for any more information.
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