The course will be led by Steve Oram from the People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES). Steve has fifteen years experience of active conservation and environmental ecology. His area of expertise is terrestrial priority habitats, in particular traditional orchards. He is secretary of the Orchard Network, an association of around 70 organisations with orchard and fruit interests.
Steve’s work involves managing and curating the traditional orchard priority habitat UK inventory and taking actions to protect, enhance and increase the habitat across the UK. He also helps communities and organisations set up new orchards and advises on management practices that will help both people and wildlife reap the rewards of a healthy active heritage orchard. Through this work, PTES have continued to support orchard owners and the heritage fruit community with website features such as a community orchard list, events calendar and the FruitFinder app. Steve has specialist knowledge of the kinds of fungi, lichens, and invertebrates that are found in veteran orchards, and is an experienced and knowledgeable pomologist.
This workshop will include theoretical and practical training on how to graft apple trees. The participants will be provided with 2 rootstocks per person to work with which they will be able to take home.
Ali Alzein from Bees and Refugees will also give a short talk about bee pollination. Representatives of the Hammersmith Community Gardens Association (HCGA) will be on hand to give a brief tour / background to the project.
The HCGA offers ‘Healthy Community Gardening Activities ‘from its 4 main sites around and between W6 and W12 and in a number of Schools, other communities and one hospital. This event is being held at the Pheonix School Farm which offers 1 ¼ acres of mixed gardening, fruit, top and soft, vegetables, ornamental climbers, perennials, and annuals. The farm won a gold and 2 silver gilts at the 2016 Hampton Court Flower Show for their Market Garden.
The cost for this specialist workshop, is £60 per WFGA member, £70 non WFGA member. Attendees will need to bring a packed lunch, hand sanitiser and mask. Refreshments will be provided subject to Covid Restrictions.