3rd Dec, 2016

Tree pruning workshop set to attract seekers of outdoor lifestyle

Shaun Reynolds 23rd Feb, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

IF YOUR New Year’s resolution involved learning a skill, getting fit, meeting new people or helping others then you could be in luck at a free Tree Pruning Workshop in Sheldon.

Hosted at the Country Park on Monday (March 7), the free workshop will take place in the community orchard and be overseen by Helping Britain Blossom – which is supporting the area to maintain the orchard.

The project will bring in a local permaculturist and a West Midlands fruit tree specialist – Wade Muggleton – to run the hands-on winter pruning and fruit tree maintenance workshop.

Participants get to put their newly-learnt skills to good use by pruning some of the fruit trees in the park’s community orchard as part of the morning workshop.

The course, which starts at 10am, is the second event at Sheldon Country Park in the last month after volunteers previously planted 11 new cherry, plum, pear and apple trees.

Helping Britain Blossom has the aim of restoring and creating over 100 community orchards across Britain by 2017.

Rob Tilling, Helping Britain Blossom programme manager, said: “As well as learning about pruning and growing your own organic fruit, the workshop is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, meet new people and get some exercise.

“The orchard benefits as well – good pruning helps the trees produce a bumper crop of fruit for later in the year for all to enjoy.”

Those attending the workshop are recommended to dress warmly and wear good outdoor shoes.

To book a place, contact Rob@theurbanorchardproject.org or call 07715 407801.