Orchard Restoration Pruning at Beals Mill and Pentillie

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Helping Hands for Heritage is getting 2015 off to a great start by offering two dates this month to learn skills in Orchard Restoration Pruning. Find out about safe work techniques and hand tool use, a background to the orchard sites, different varieties of apple trees and their uses, and methods of care and pruning suitable for each tree.

 

Saturday 17th January provides free training at Beals Mill. Learn the skills of careful restoration pruning of old Cornish apple varieties in beautiful surroundings on the River Inny near Stoke Climsland.

 

Saturday 31st January offers free training at Pentillie Castle, in their historic walled garden, again pruning old Cornish apple varieties.

 

On both days, participants will work with feet firmly on the ground pruning out dead, diseased and crowded branches on old, spreading apple trees to let more light and air into the framework of each tree.  This will encourage greater health and longer life for the trees. Intact old branches, that provide good habitat for the orchard’s valuable wildlife, will be left.

 

The training events run from 10.30am – 4.00pm. Hot drinks and lunch will be provided.  Please dress warmly for the weather on the day with sturdy footwear.  All tools provided but if you have favourite secateurs, pruning saws, loppers or gloves, please bring them.

 

Booking is essential for these events, as places are limited. Please book your FREE place by contacting Sam Barnes, Tamar Valley AONB – t: 01822 835032 e: sbarnes@tamarvalley.org.uk

 

For the very latest on Helping Hands for Heritage, and ways to get involved, please visit www.tamarvalley.org.uk or like us on Facebook /helpinghandsfor heritage.

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