Pruning for Tree Health and Good Harvests

Join Paul Richens for a session about the importance of pruning for tree health and good harvests with info about practical applications.

Oct 14 2020 18:0019:30

Photo credit: Paul Richens

Photo credit: Paul Richens

About this event

Is pruning the “unkindest cut of all”? No! Pruning aids tree health, maintains strong growth, increases harvests and creates practical tree shapes and structures.

In this session Paul, the trainer, will start with fruit tree life-cycles – from pip to pip – and then look at fruit tree architecture and the naming of parts.

This session will cover:

  • Why to prune
  • How to prune
  • When to prune

Secateurs are our main pruning tool, so you’ll watch while Paul dismantles a pair, sharpens the blade, and then reassembles them. You can have your own secateurs to hand to help you follow this section.

Paul will show you how to make the Perfect Cut (have some twigs handy to practice on), and finally some useful steps to get you started when pruning a tree.

About the trainer

Paul Richens has been a gardener and worm-botherer since his farming parents gave him his own plot at the age of three. Since then, he has worked as a scientific photographer at The Natural History Museum, where his love of natural history was nurtured; a video producer/director in the US; and an account manager before he set up his own horticultural training company Blue Dome Synergies in 2008. He was Gardens Manager for Global Generation at the Skip Garden for ten years. He is passionate about showing Londoners how to grow good organic vegetables in any small space. He advocates working with nature pursuing a ‘no kill’ policy and teaches amongst other subjects an understanding of living soil.

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Once you register, you will receive a link and a password to our Zoom meeting session.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT WILL NOT BE RECORDED

If you cannot afford the ticket but would still like to attend, please contact capitalgrowth@sustainweb.org to see if we can help.


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