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Courses – Orchard Design

Available Dates: 2 June 2018
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Brogdale Farm
Cost: £80.00 (refreshments & lunch included)

Booked courses are non-refundable and non-transferable


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This one-day course is for anyone thinking of establishing an orchard or becoming involved in a community orchard project. You will learn about site assessment and rootstocks, planting patterns and spacing, the number and choice of fruit tree varieties, orchard layout and projected yield. The day includes a tour of part of the National Fruit Collections.

There are two field exercises, which give first-hand experience of site survey and orchard layout. The day concludes with a discussion of case studies brought by the students, and you are encouraged to bring photos of your own site and/or trees.

You will need: outdoor clothes including boots, a clipboard, writing materials and calculator, and the capacity to be active outdoors. Knowledge of the basics of fruit growing, and preferably some experience, will be helpful.

About the Instructor
Having worked at Brogdale in the 1990’s evaluating field trials; Philip Wilson is still associated with the National Fruit Collection to this day. With certificates in forestry, forest science and tree physiology he is highly qualified to teach the excellent courses in Orchard Design and Pruning here in Kent.

Currently Philip lives in Lyminge, Kent with his wife and three children. He works on independent advisory work in arboriculture as well as contract plant propagation and consultancy in orchard management.


Booked courses are non-refundable and non-transferable