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South Gloucestershire – Orchard & Soft Fruit Pruning Skills Day


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Old Down Estate has extensive grounds that are open to the public and have wonderful views over the Severn Estuary. The gardens include a Victorian Walled Garden, herbaceous borders, and an old fruit orchard. The orchard contains many mature apple trees and some pear and plum, a range of varieties and ages with some still productive after 60 years. Soft fruit is grown in the former walled garden. There are rows of Blackcurrant bushes, summer and winter fruiting raspberries, redcurrants and gooseberries.

The day will be led by Mike Brookes and garden team colleagues. The morning will be spent on orchard pruning with an introduction and guidance from Mike and the team, and then we will work in the orchard, supported by the gardeners. In the afternoon we will move to the walled garden, receiving some guidance on the different types of soft fruit and which ones we are cutting back and pruning.

There will be an opportunity to explore the rest of the gardens.

Bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee and cake provided. Please wear appropriate warm outdoor clothing, and footwear, and bring gardening gloves and secateurs. Loppers will be provided.

The cost of this PSD is £30. 



Event Details

Date: January 24, 2024

Start time: 10:00

End time: 15:30

Venue: Old Down Estate, Nr Bristol