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Restorative Pruning of Traditional Orchard Trees

Saturday 21 January 2017: 09:30
Training event

Do you have an interest in traditional orchards or fruit trees?  Then this course is for you.


  • How to identify the parts of the tree;
  • why you prune;
  • The science of what to do and where;
  • Practical techniques for restorative pruning
    (the course will not cover formative pruning or restricted forms like espaliers);
  • Sharpening secateurs;
  • Use of secateurs, hand held and long handled pruning saws.

Bring your own secateurs, sharpening tools, gloves and pruning saws if you have them.  Hard hats, goggles and long handled saws will be provided for tall tree work.

This course will be held at the National Trust’s historic Bradenham Manor orchard.

The Course will be led by Anna Baldwin(Dr) MB BS, MRCP, MD, MIFPA       

Anna is a passionate earth-friendly gardener who uses permaculture and biodynamic principles. She grows as much of her own food as possible and enjoys foraging in hedgerows.  Anna renovates traditional apple (and other fruit) orchards and works to preserve old apple varieties as a way of interesting people in local food.  She aims to prune trees gently in harmony with the needs of the tree.


Booking: booking in advance is essential as places are limited. Each place costs £55. Places can be paid for by cheque or online via Paypal in our Shop.

01844 355500
Organised by:
Chilterns Conservation Board
Bradenham, north of West Wycombe
Getting there:
Directions will be provided
No dogs allowed

Booking essential?:
Contact name:
Neil Jackson

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