Apple Tree Pruning
04 December 2018, 10:00 - 15:00 ( Add to calendar )
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.
All tools and safety equipment will be provided, however it is recommended that you wear sturdy walking boots and all weather clothing.
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 for the Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Corporation and Surrey Wildlife Trust.
He went on to study zoology at the University of Nottingham.
After studying ecology and conservation at Birbeck College, University of London Paul moved onto a second 20-year career with City of London looking 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.
Before recently retiring, 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.