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Introduction to Community Gardening

This tailor made workshop specifically designed for community groups will be delivered in two parts, February & April.

Part 1 February - Winter Fruit Tree Pruning

This workshop is specifically designed for residents of SE1, SE11 & SE17. If you live outside of these postcodes and are interested in attending, email us to join the waiting list.

Winter is the best time to prune apples and pears, and this workshop will offer a hands on introduction to the principles of winter fruit tree pruning in urban situations, particularly community gardens. The course will cover:

  • Which kinds of fruit tree to prune and when
  • Why is pruning important?
  • How to prune for maximum fruit production
  • Different shapes and sizes of trees
  • How to 'read' a fruit tree to tell how healthy it is
  • General winter tree care - mulching, feeding and staking
  • How to look for warning signs of pests or disease
  • Which tools to use and how to look after them
  • How to establish a good basic framework of branches
  • Where to cut, how to cut, how much to cut

The workshop will focus largely on stand alone trees that are from 2 - 50 years old. The main focus will be apple trees, but much of the information is of use for pruning other fruit trees.

During the workshop we will work at Walworth Garden and neighbouring Tenants and Resident Association gardens to provide hands on experience of a range of different trees. All tools provided, but if you have your own gloves and sharp secateurs please bring them along. All pruning will be from ground level, no use of ladders required. All abilities welcome. You do not need to be strong or agile, but we will be walking between sites (approx 1/2 mile total). Please wrap up very well indeed. We will be outside for the most of the day, and the pruning work will NOT be vigorous! In the case of extreme weather the course will still run, but we will work inside the greenhouse at Walworth Garden. 

If you have an apple or pear tree of your own that you would like advice on, please bring along several good photographs from different angles, and there will be a little time at the end of the workshop to discuss. 

If you do not yet have any fruit trees in your garden or community garden this course would be a good detailed introduction to the ongoing care that fruit trees require. 

Did You Know

This workshop is specifically designed for residents of SE1, SE11 & SE17. If you live outside of these postcodes and are interested in attending, email us to join the waiting list.

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