Community Orchard

Tree Pruning

Tree Pruning with Phil Gamble

Tree Pruning with Phil Gamble

PRUNING WORKSHOP –  SUNDAY, 19 March.  10.30am

Phil Gamble will be leading another popular workshop to help you learn and practice your pruning skills.   It also means that the community apple trees planted by TLG will get some welcome TLC.  The workshop will start at 10.30am and run for two hours.   Join the group at the orchard site in Anning Road, which is on the south side of Anning Road just east of the junction with Woodmead Road by the first house.

On Sunday 12th February local expert Phil Gamble gave nine members of Turn Lyme Green a practical demonstration of pruning apple trees. Working with the trees planted five years on the Woodland trust land at Slopes Farm, Phil showed clearly what and why to prune and how to do it. The group learned about shaping the tree for good fruiting, how to tell growing buds from fruiting buds, what tools to use – and how to keep them sharp – and absorbed the golden ‘25% rule’.

The two fruitful if chilly hours passed quickly as people became more adept at spotting what to remove and what to leave, gaining confidence in making that irreversible cut without fear. Dave Edwards, one of the group, said afterwards that it was “An extremely informative and practical event, and great to be able to join in under a careful eye rather than simply watching someone else do it.”

Turn Lyme Green promotes sustainable living in Lyme Regis, and encourages community orchards.  A team formed with students from the Woodroffe School originally planted donated apple trees in Anning Road and on Magna Housing land as well as at Slopes Farm.  More sites are being sought.

Community Orchard

Apple trees were kindly donated to start the scheme off.   A team formed with students from the Woodroffe School and planting took place in the autumn of 2009. Most of the trees we planted in Anning Road thankfully survived the initial vandalism, and we are now planting another six trees on Magna Housing land and some at Slopes Farm.  More sites are being sought.

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