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Apple Tree Pruning - Live online

Apple Tree Pruning - Live online

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 tutor 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 to demonstrate these skills.

The new ONLINE format will be set up on Zoom as follows:

Wednesday 9th December
10am-11am Live presentation about why and how to prune apple trees effectively

short break

11:15-12noon Live walk through the orchard discussing the different tree needs depending on the age, location and species. This is followed by demonstrating various pruning techniques.

The delegates will then be tasked with using these techniques on their own trees.

Wednesday 16th December
10am -12noon Live Q&A session to discuss any issues arising from the individual pruning attempts. There will be time to talk about success stories, see before and after pictures and help to make plans for future pruning.

This online approach will offer a more interactive experience to all of the course participants. Furthermore, we will not be adversely affected by bad weather, as has happened in the past

Tutor profile - 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 with the Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Corporation and Surrey Wildlife Trust.

Before recently retiring from SWT, Paul was the Community Learning Coordinator for Surrey Wildlife Trust working with colleagues and external tutors 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 you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What you will need

secateurs, gardening gloves, an apple tree to prune.


Adult learning team at Surrey Wildlife Trust

This course is taught online




5 hours (10:00am to 12:30pm)

Next available date

9th December 2020

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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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