Pruning in the snow!

It was a very chilly winter pruning session at the weekend in Hyde Park Orchard, but a hardy group of enthusiastic participants joined us nonetheless to learn about winter fruit tree pruning and then put this into practice on the apple and pear trees in the orchard. Those who had attended last year were able to see how the pruning we’d done in 2014 affected the growth of the trees – a really useful way to see how the trees respond to pruning in the following growing season.  Although there was a chilly breeze and snow on the ground, we were bathed in winter sunshine for most of the morning and the orchard looked rather lovely in the snow. Hopefully that made up just a bit for the chilly hands and feet that were mentioned along the way!

Sam Bolton (from Greater Manchester Ecology Unit) even found time to climb up into our apple tree on our allotment plot, to give the attendees some interesting insights into how to approach winter pruning for a more mature tree.

Thanks to all who came along and to Sam for sharing his knowledge and experience with us all. Read more about his inspiring project to find and renew Greater Manchester’s heritage orchards here: Grafting for Orchards Project.

We also plan for Sam to join us again later this month for a grafting session as well –  If you’re interested in learning how to make your own “bespoke” apple or pear tree, please do get in touch at operationfarm@gmail.com for more details.