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Eventful planning event!

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Eventful planning event!

Postby MarkEvens » Mon Jan 04, 2016 10:31 am

On December 5th 2015 we held our first "Orchard Planning Workshop",
Aimed at anyone proposing to plant an “orchard” (which could be anything from 4 or 5 garden trees to a hundred or more in a separately managed orchard), the intended benefits were reduced risk of failure through disease, damage or physiological problems and better quality and quantity of fruit. Attendees were also introduced to grafting, which can significantly reduce the cost of the trees.
Particular attention was directed at the issues facing growers in the Cumbrian terrain and climate.
The course was divided into a number of small modules and included some practical sessions.
Topics included: Siting, Preparation, Soil testing, Tree sizing and spacing, Varieties, Grafting demonstration, Preparing a plan, Planting and care of young plants.

Unfortunately, an unplanned visitor called Desmond turned up, so one of the instructors and half the attendees failed to make it, the planned guided tour of Acorn Bank had to be abandoned and we decided to end early. However, everybody got home (although your webmaster took 3.5 hours to get to Cockermouth). As a consequence, we plan to hold the event again (hopefully in February 2016) for the benefit of those who were thwarted (and others). We will try and organise better weather for it!
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