£160 – £420

Weekend Course Series: Resilient & Healthy Orchards

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Two-day training session to introduce budding orchardists to biodiversity, pest and disease management and boosting soil health.

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Join The Orchard Project for a two-day introduction to orchard biodiversity, including pests and diseases and soil management. You'll come away from this weekend feeling empowered and more confident about ensuring your trees are healthy and highly productive. Here's what you'll be learning:

Saturday with Russell Miller: recognising and boosting biodiversity in orchards; assessing tree health; common orchard pests; common orchard diseases; strategies for promoting tree health.

Sunday with Lewis McNeill: soil science; soil texture; soil food webs; soil structure; boosting soil biodiversity.

This course is part of a weekend training series including "Orchard Foundation Weekend Course" and "Orchard Survey and Design Weekend Course."


IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND ALL THREE WEEKENDS AT A DISCOUNTED PRICE, please refer to the "Orchard Foundation Weekend Course" page to find 3-Weekend Course Combo Tickets.

£220 / £160 (concessions*) For two days of training on 16th and 17th May, 10am-3pm each day.

£600 / £420 (concessions*) 3 Weekend Course Combo price to attend all three weekends - Orchard Foundation Weekend Course (22nd & 23rd February) and Orchard Survey & Design Weekend Course (18th & 19th July). Find this ticket here.

£420 / £300 (concessions*) 2 Weekend Course Combo price to attend this weekend and the one in July.

*students, retired on low income, or receiving benefit

Additional information

  • Wear sturdy footwear in case you are working in a damp orchard with uneven surfaces.
  • You are encouraged to bring a packed lunch as there are not a large number of shops nearby.
  • Contact Jo Homan for more details jo@theorchardproject.org.uk

About the tutors

Lewis McNeill is a project manager for the Orchard Project. He has worked as an environmental educator and activist for over ten years, with a particular interest in ecologically sustainable food systems. He is currently completing his diploma in Applied Permaculture Design.

Course co-tutor Russell Miller left a career as a solicitor to work closer to nature. He helped to start the Orchard Project, is involved with Trees for Life in Scotland, and also runs the Tree Musketeers, a volunteer group that plants trees in Hackney. He also works studying, protecting and enhancing Abney Park Cemetery Nature Reserve.

Feedback on past training

"Very informative. Russell clearly has great knowledge and his teaching style was relaxed and inclusive / conversational tone helps me to absorb information!"

"Great, brilliant, [Lewis has] an awesome wealth of knowledge ... Really very fascinating. Big thanks"

Please contact Jo Homan for more details jo@theorchardproject.org.uk or 07714 745408.

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