Winter pruning workshop - January 19th, 2020
Our winter pruning workshop will kick off the 2020 programme and will be at two neighbouring locations in Curthwaite, between Wigton and Carlisle. We will start at Beech House at 10.30am where Chris Braithwaite will give a short talk over coffee (and cake) in the barn prior to letting us loose on trees. At Beech House there are some small, old rejuvenated apple trees, a large quince and two (not very) wall-trained pears. At nearby East Curthwaite Farm the highlights are a very large Cox's, a large Bramley and a cordon hedge.
Joy and Maynard Hall have now moved from Beech House into Wigton, so the pruning day is by kind permission of James and Kim Stockdale at Beech House, Curthwaite, Wigton, CA7 8BG and Joyce and Michael Cowen, M & J Cowen Farms Ltd., East Curthwaite Farm, CA7 8BJ.
From Carlisle: turn left into Thursby Village, drive into centre of village, keep to left of little green and the lane to Curthwaite is ahead of you on the left. Follow the lane. It will cross the railway line and, as it enters Curthwaite, Beech House is the second house on the left. If you get to the left hand turn down to East Curthwaite you have gone too far.
From Cockermouth, Wigton etc.: follow the A595 until you pass 'Jewellery By Michael King' on the right, Fiddleback Farm is in the hollow ahead of you on the left and the right turn into Curthwaite is just past the Jewellery workshop. The road executes very sharp left and right turns just after the junction. Drive into Curthwaite village. The Royal Oak pub is on your right, then the right turn to East Curthwaite and Beech House is the second house on the right after the turn.
There is some parking on both sides of the road outside the Beech House frontage and opposite the Beech House frontage, as long as you keep one set of tyres on the road if you are not in a 4x4. Please do not park in the drive. There will also be parking on concrete at East Curthwaite Farm, and a vehicle or vehicles will ferry people the short distance to Beech House. There will be persons directing on the day. Arrive at Beech House initially as there may be enough parking there.
Please wear stout shoes and bring your own secateurs, saws etc. if you have them. Gloves are also advisable.
Please be careful when walking on the stone paths at Beech House-they are very slippery.
We have use of the barn at Beech House for the day. It is very cosy as it has underfloor heating. Tea, coffee and I daresay some other warming drinks will be available. Please bring a packed lunch or lunch is available at the Royal Oak, a couple of doors down from Beech House. Booking is essential - please sign in to "My NCOG" and book there. Do not be afraid to bring cake. If you want to lunch at the Royal Oak, then you will need to book that separately with them.