Winter Pruning: About the Day
This one day winter pruning course will introduce you to pruning your fruit trees from mature trees that need restoring, newly planted trees that need to be formed and cover basic techniques and methods to start training your own espaliers and fans. The day will cover the elements of fruit trees, why prune, what equipment to use, when to prune and preliminary steps. Also an overview of the types of tree forms and rootstocks. The afternoon will consist of a pruning demonstration and practical in the orchards. Individual case studies can be discussed.
You will need: Be prepared for inclement weather, so boots or wellies would be best. Also bring suitable outdoor warm clothing. Bring secateurs, pruning saw and notepad.
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.