About the Course
The apple tree is a staple for many of us in Surrey. Whether it is a single cherished Bramley in the back garden or a multi-variety apple orchard, care must be given to the management of these fruit producing trees.
Join Paul Ritchie in learning the best ways to time your pruning, physically trim your trees to conserve their appearance and ensure you get optimal fruit production whilst prolonging their life. We will be using a Surrey Wildlife Trust apple orchard near Guildford (Pucks Oak Barn) to demonstrate these skills.
All tools and safety equipment will be provided, however it is recommended that you wear sturdy walking boots and all weather clothing.
Tutor information - Paul Ritchie
As a biologist with over 20 years of experience looking after nature reserves and commons Paul is well placed to teach courses in ecology, conservation and practical countryside skills. He had roles training employees and volunteers for the Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Corporation and Surrey Wildlife Trust.
Turning back the clock, Paul started work as a farm labourer on a mixed arable and livestock farm in the Chiltern Hills. He went on to study zoology at the University of Nottingham with a focus on wood ants in Edale, African carnivores and tapeworms! In his spare time as a police officer Paul volunteered for local groups conserving canals and waterways.
After studying ecology and conservation at Birkbeck College, University of London, Paul moved onto a second 20-year career with the City of London, managing parks, gardens and open spaces. He helped establish a community woodland project at Ashtead Common NNR; trained and assessed apprentices; and worked closely with volunteer and community groups.
Paul recently retired from being the Community Learning Coordinator for Surrey Wildlife Trust. However, he continues to work with SWT to plan and deliver a wide range of scientific, practical skills and art courses for adults. Paul has complemented his prior experience as an associate lecturer for the University of Surrey by completing a PTLLS course at East Surrey College.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
We will provide everything you need on the day including continuous coffee, tea and biscuits. We have the tools and the safety equipment that you will learn how to use.