8 people trained to successfully (we hope!) bud apple trees in the ground and another 6 took part in the summer pruning on Saturday when participants from Friday’s budding took the opportunity to share their budding skills with the pruning participants.
100 trees were budded onto 3 different rootstocks and we pruned the espaliers and the main orchards. Summer pruning is far gentler than winter pruning, so a lot less is taken off the trees. However it is a really good opportunity to look at the trees to see how they have responded to the winter prune and start making plans for what we are going to take off in the winter. It also allows us to look at the up coming harvest and see whether some fruit-thinning is required or if there are pests and diseases to address. We also came across some branches that had broken under the weight of apples so we could cut those off cleanly and prevent further damage.
Many thanks to Tom Adams (Tom the Apple Man) and Michelle Lawson (Resilient Orchards Cornwall) for facilitating these really useful workshops and empowering staff and members of the public to feel confident in these orchard skills.
Thanks to Forest for Cornwall for making this course so accessible by providing funding.