About the Half Day Summer Pruning Course
This pruning course will introduce you to pruning apple and plum trees and cover basic techniques and methods to start you pruning at home. The course mainly focuses on trained trees including espaliers, cordons and fans. The course is largely practical and outside allowing “hands on” practice and question time.
The half day covers the basics needed for a introduction to pruning your fruit trees. The half days run in a morning and afternoon session so you can chose a suitable time for you.
Summer pruning should take place from the end of July so this course date gives you the chance to learn some skills before its time to prune your own trees.
You will need: Outdoor clothing & suitable footwear, a pruning saw, secateurs and notepad. Please be aware you will be handling sharpe tools & equipment which may cause injury if not used with care.
About the Instructor
John Easton joined East Malling Research Station in 1964, following seven years in commercial fruit growing and was within the group assisting scientists in growing and maintaining trials, whilst keeping up-to-date with new developments. After two years at Hadlow College he returned to East Malling as Experiments Officer, subsequently transferring to the nursery as Technical Co-ordinator. John became the Nursery manager in 1978 and then added the post of Glasshouse manager in 1978. He retired in 2000 but continues to train staff in horticultural skills and advises on pruning and related issues.
What Others Say….
“The course was very informative and also extremely entertaining. John is obviously an expert, and it was a privilege to join his course. He also went out of his way to make himself available for our personal questions and issues. It was a marvellous day” – Noel Ensoll
“The right balance of theory and practical. Very approachable with all my questions. He got the class to gell immediately with his relaxed and friendly approach. He is an excellent instructor. I learnt heaps! Thank you.” – Karen Kartrieber