Introduction to Orchard Management

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Introduction to Orchard Management
24th February 2013
£30 (members) / £35 (non-members)
4th December 2012

Sunday 24th February, 10am – 3pm

This day workshop will be a thorough introduction to all aspects caring for apple trees – from planting and formative pruning of young trees through to restorative pruning of old, unproductive trees. The aim of this workshop is to give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to go away and effectively care for your own trees.

We will spend half of the day here at The Community Farm, working with our young apple trees (planted in February 2012) and then spend the second half of the day working with some more mature trees in a local orchard within the beautiful Westfield Farm, also in Chew Magna. We are grateful to Westfield farm for collaborating with us on this course and sharing their fantastic orchard with us for the afternoon!


Tutor: Les Davies MBE

Les is a well known character around these parts – he has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the local area since his family have been working the land here for generations. He runs many educational tours and workshops and as a true Westcountry man he has a great knowledge regarding orchards and all aspects of caring for apple trees. With Les’s charisma and apple expertise, this promises to be a fun and educational day out!


How to book

Phone Emily on 0117 3643123 between 9am-3pm, Mon-Thur. Please have your card details ready.

Spaces are limited on all courses so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Members and long term volunteers of the farm are given priority booking and 15% discount on prices. If you are interested in becoming a member, take a look at our Membership page.



To try and minimise our carbon footprint at the farm, we encourage people to either lift-share or to book onto a Community Transport Minibus. Provided we have a sufficient number of people booked onto the minibus, it will be picking up at Bristol hippodrome and Bristol Temple Meads. We ask for a contribution of £5 per adult to cover costs for the minibus.

If you are interested in lift-sharing or taking the mini-bus, please let us know when booking.



For all of our courses and workshops we have a communal lunch where everyone brings something to share – we find this is a great way to gather a real community driven feast! We encourage everyone to make something vegetarian for the day so that as many people as possible are able to share the food.

Some ideas of things to bring include salads, bread, cheese, chutney, crisps, hummus or other spreads, soup, stew, cake… Any contribution will be a welcome addition to the feast!

We will provide refreshments and hot drinks during the day.


Cancellation Policy

If for whatever reason you need to cancel your booking, we offer a 50% refund up to one week prior to the course date. For cancellations with less than one week’s notice you will only receive a refund if you can provide a medical note.

In the unlikely event that we have to cancel the course we aim to give you at least 24 hours notice and you will receive a full refund.