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Over 150 new apple trees grafted at Portinscale

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Over 150 new apple trees grafted at Portinscale

Postby MarkEvens » Sun Mar 20, 2011 12:01 pm

Over 25 NCOG members attended our first grafting workshop at Portinscale on the afternoon of Saturday March 19th, 2011. After an excellent demonstration by Hilary Wilson of the magical art of grafting, members proceeded to create their own magic on over 90 rootstocks and a huge variety of scion wood. The previous morning, NCOG had run a similar session for Sustainable Keswick ("SusKes"), who had kindly arranged the use of Portinscale village hall for both sessions. SusKes used 65 rootstocks, so in total over 150 new apple trees have been created in North Cumbria in one day!
Hilary demonstrating the art of grafting.
A series of information sheets have been added to the website to assist members in caring for their new trees:
"Care of the newly grafted tree" tells you what to do when you get it home and
"Apple tree pruning" shows how to prune in the subsequent years (assuming you want a "bush" form).
If you forgot what Hilary told you on the day then look at:
"Why graft apples" and
Many thanks are due to Hilary, to Chris Braithwaite for organising rootstocks and scion wood and to David Miller and Maggie Potts of SusKes.
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