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Fruit Tree Pruning, 29th October 2016, Assington Mill

Author: Anne Holden, Assington Mill Published: 21st October 2016 12:19
 Assington Mill Rural Skills and Craft CoursesFruit Tree Pruning
29th October 2016, 10.00 - 16.30

Assington Mill Rural Skills and Craft Courses

Tutor: Chris Heseltine

A one-day course to explain the principles of fruit tree pruning, the use of tools and how to sharpen them.  This will be followed by a practical demonstration in Chris's orchard on how to prune new trees, and another in a different orchard on how to rescue old and neglected fruit trees.

You will be able to practise on several trees during the day, with supervision.

On the April course, we will be able to prune plums & cherries, as well as apples & pears.

On the November course, we will concentrate on apples and pears, but Chris will answer questions on those trees that cannot be pruned in winter.


Totally enjoyable and very informative.  Covered exactly what I needed to know.  It was such a friendly course and in a lovely setting.  Anne's cooking is wonderful!

Fabulous course!  Informative and entertaining.  Food delicious and the landrover ride a bonus.  Stella G.

Fantastic day - shame it's dark now, I'd like to start on my trees tonight!

This course has exceeded expectations in a most unique venue with peace and quiet. Really interesting to meet like minded people as having an orchard is a lonely occupation. Chris was so knowledgeable and hands on pruning superb, as was the catering. YC

Great day, thoroughly enjoyed it and the adventure in the landrover.  Fabulous setting for workshops.  Pauline A.

Really good course. Very well presented and practical consolidated the tuition, which was very important. Has given me a lot of confidence. Andy L.

Everything was excellent.  Would like an advanced course.  Thank you for a lovely day.  Christabelle L.

Course content superb.  Food excellent.  Would definitely recommend.  Wasn't sure it would be worth as much as it cost, especially for two of us, but felt it was really good value.  And the food was excellent.  Thanks.

Excellent practical work.  Good to be amongst a like minded group of people.  Andrew H

Great practical hands on tuition blowing away some of the extbook theory.  Certainly what’s needed to give you the confidence to do the job properly.  Chris

There should be a box for leader’s enthusiasm – (two smilies).   Frank H 

A great course.  I learnt a huge amount and, I think more importantly, it has given me the confidence to at last prune my trees.  Thank you for that!  Lorna S.   PS  A very interesting venue too.  Covering the range of trees was also very good, together with the hands on approach.

The day flew and I’d have happily come back tomorrow!  Anne S

Really enjoyed Chris’s presentation style and the very hands on approach.  Many thanks to Anne & Co for the catering.

A very effective day that has been delivered with humour and has divulged a great deal of experience and engendered much confidence to go away and prune fruit trees.  Wonderful lunch and refreshments as well.
Very affable, friendly and enthused team.  Arrived at a loss, departed confident with fundamental principles firmly lodged in mind.  Lovely supportive group shared informative insights.  Fabulous day worth its weight in gold.  Food was excellent too!  Nigel G.

Lots of hands on work helped build confidence and expertise.

Really excellent and informative day and welcomed the hands on experience.

Would be good to have a follow up session with the group.

Lovely setting.  Chris inspired us with confidence – he’s very patient!  Would be lovely to come back as group and see how we’ve all got on.

Really enjoyable day.  Very informative.  Thank you Chris,  Lovely lunch.  Thank you both.  Pam P
A great start.  Now it’s over to me.  Thank you.

Thoroughly enjoyed the day!  I didn’t know anything before I cam.  Lovely setting and lunch.  Thank you.

Practical work very helpful.  Learnt some key things to keep in mind with saw in hand.  Thank you.





































































What to Bring
  • secateurs,
  • pruning saw (essential),
  • warm & weather proof clothing including hat, work gloves and boots.

Contact Anne Holden for information about the courses on:

Tel: 01787 229955
Mobile: 07770 550570
Email: info@assingtonmill.com

Assington Mill
CO10 5LZ

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