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apple pruning course (winter) – winter pruning – 1 day

see also summer pruning course

We have made some changes to our Course Program – please see our Course Update page for more information.

date: 22 Jan 2022 – FULL
overview: Learn how to restore and maintain trees, both apples and pears, that have “got away”.
The aim of winter pruning is to establish the basic structure of the tree, reduce overcrowding, encourage it to make new growth in a controlled way and produce fewer, larger fruit from healthier, well pruned trees.
The course will be at Bore Place and start with an examination of old and overgrown trees to learn how to develop a pruning “road map” to get matters back under control.
These trees will then be compared with trees where the renovation pruning has been commenced to see how progress develops.
There will be plenty of opportunity for you to get “up close and personal” with the target trees and gain valuable hands-on experience of the whole pruning process.
start time: 9.30am tea/introductions for 10am start
lunch: approx 1pm – 2pm
please bring a packed lunch. Hot drinks will be provided.
finish time: approx 4pm
cost: £75 per person
tutor: Mike Whiddett
cancellations: we will provide a full refund if you cancel your place more than 14 days in advance of the course start date. Please note that we will be unable to refund your course fee or transfer you to another course if you cancel your place less than 14 days before the start of the course.
what to wear: Wear sturdy shoes or boots at all times. Please also wear warm, comfortable clothes that are suitable for the current weather conditions. You will be outside for most of the course.
course size: maximum of 8 participants
what to bring: all tools and materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring along any interesting tools, or tools you would like to know how to sharpen!
how to book: Booking Form
location: Courses and volunteer days are held at Bore Place, between Edenbridge and Sevenoaks, Kent. Bore Place is an environmental and educational charity on a 500 acre organic dairy farm, set in beautiful low weald countryside. Converted farm buildings and a Jacobean Manor House offer accommodation if required, with walks and local pubs to enjoy when you’re not wooding! Directions will be sent to you once you’ve booked on a course and can also be accessed from the Workshop Directions Page.
accommodation:Depending on availability, there are cottages to rent on site for £150 per night (minimum of 2 nights). Camping opportunities are limited; we have a hot shower and toilets, but no cooking facilities. It is essential that you contact Bore Place in advance to book either camping, or bed and breakfast. Please call 01732 463255 or email
There are also two beautiful yurts and two cosy shepherds huts on site - see Free Range Glamping for more information.
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by terry kilsby on John Waller, Underwoodsman
apple pruning

Hi John and Mike,
The apple pruning course was very enjoyable, I picked up a lot of Knowledge and I feel confident to tackle my own trees, with my new silky saw! and will be booking a future course with you shortly. Thank you for a great day.

by Gia on John Waller, Underwoodsman

A big thank you to Mike and John for Saturday and demystifying apple tree pruning. Excellent tuition in the morning and then being able to put what we learnt into practice in the afternoon under your very patient guidance was really helpful. I have signed up for summer pruning day and an looking ofhforward to it.

by Alexandra on John Waller, Underwoodsman

Peter and I hugely enjoyed your pruning course on Saturday. The structure and content was just about right with Mike giving us the ‘why’ in the morning and getting us to do the ‘how’ in the afternoon. His guidance and encouragement when it came to lopping off fairly large limbs was invaluable. The course has given Peter and me the much-needed confidence to go ahead more boldly with pruning our own apple trees. Perhaps somewhere a bit warmer to retreat to for lunch on a cold day would have been appreciated but I know that that’s a work in progress. We aim to come back for the summer pruning course.

by Gary Martin on John Waller, Underwoodsman
Very enjoyable day

Just to say how much I enjoyed the Winter Pruning Course and learned enough to give me the confidence to "attack" my unruly apple trees. All principle I learnt have now gone into what I hope will become better cropping trees. Many thanks !!

by chris on John Waller, Underwoodsman
Very informative day

I have a few fruit trees in my garden. I have never known the first thing about tree pruning so I attended John's winter pruning course recently. I learned a great deal in the one day course. There were around ten attendees. We were given some very useful advice and tips in the morning which we were allowed to put to practical use in the afternoon! Those wise words, "dead, dying, diseased and crossed" will remain with me! Despite the cold weather, it was a fun day and highly recommended. Since my return I have tended my own trees and those of my daughters.

Thank you Chris...glad you enjoyed the course.

by Dave on John Waller, Underwoodsman
Thanks and a question

Can I ask that you pass on my thanks to John and Mike for a thoroughly enjoyable day last Saturday. Mike's enthusiasm and John's calm, steady, reassuring manner ensured the training to be informative, instructive and interesting.
My mind has gone slightly blank and can only remember the "dead", "diseased" an "crossing" of the DDDC. Which one have I forgotten?
Hope to join you for another course in the future. Best regards

I'm glad that you enjoyed the course. The other d stands for "dying". Hope this helps!

by Robert on John Waller, Underwoodsman

Thank you for the excellent tree pruning course on Saturday. I have started on our trees, but rain intervened. Perhaps I should have got under way before lunch!

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