England’s 2nd Oldest Cathedral, the gardens have been occupied since the 7th century. Formal gardens with roses, a knot garden, herb garden, a fruit orchard, pond and a meadow area are currently managed by the Head Gardener and his team of volunteers. Graham Huckstepp has been the head gardener at Rochester Cathedral for around 5 years. Before that he was a gardener at a private estate in Kent.
Arrive for a 10 am start to the day for a tour of the historic Kings Orchard with the Head Gardener followed by learning how to prune the many heritage apple trees in the gardens at Rochester Cathedral. Attendees will be guided in the correct techniques to prepare the trees for a bumper crop of fruit in the following year as well as instructed in techniques to train trees in shapes to suit all gardens and crops. Winter and summer pruning techniques will be covered. Guidance offered for managing pests and diseases. Please be aware, you may have to climb a ladder.
A sandwich lunch will be provided in the Crypt café, so please note on your booking any food allergies or requests.
Please bring suitable footwear, and clothing appropriate for the weather
The cost of this workshop is £55 for members, £65 for non-members.