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Brampton pruning day

Postby MarkEvens » Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:19 pm

Our first event of the year was a pruning day at Brampton, on February 5th. The location was the 100-year old orchard on the allotment tended by Malcolm Craik. About 25 people attended. Demonstrations were provided by Chris Braithwaite and Graham Wheeler. Chris focused on the smaller trees and how to prune for shape and fruit. Graham tackled some of the larger trees, showing how to reduce them to an appropriate shape and size, without encouraging excessive re-growth or damaging fruiting potential. It was an instructive afternoon, and enjoyable despite the increasingly damp weather. It was also an opportunity for some members to gather scion wood for grafting purposes. Eventually we adjourned to  a nearby farm shop for well-earned tea and scones and a useful question and answer session. The picture below shows Graham Wheeler demonstrating how to prune a neglected old tree.
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Pruning Event Brampton Feb 2011 - Pruning by Malcolm Craik, on Flickr
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