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Planning, Planting and Maintaining a Garden Orchard
Fri 2 December 2016, 10:00 – 13:00 GMT
Despite a long and proud history as a major fruit producing area, many of Cheshire's traditional orchards are now neglected and in decline, as most of our fruit now comes from more intensively managed fruit farms elsewhere. The tendency among retailers to stock a just a few well known varieties has also left the local Cheshire varieties in obscurity. Grozone's orchard has been planned to include several of the traditional Cheshire apple varieties, alongside many other apples, pears, plums and damsons, which although better known, are still rarely seen in the shops. This workshop will take a look at how we selected the different varieties to plant. The techniques we are using to train most of these to grow as 'espalier' bushes (in layers along horizontal wires) and how we prune our free standing trees to promote strong, healthy growth and good flowering and fruit production.