The blossom buds on fruit trees are fattening up to flower from March onwards. Plums are first to bloom, followed by pears, and then, apples. Spring is the season of new beginnings.

Horfield Organic Community Orchard hosts a range of new Orchard Learning courses in 2020. Get Growing Fruit Trees is a friendly guide to the basics of fruit tree care. The course takes place on four afternoons (in March, May, July, September) spaced over the year. Participants work with trees of different ages and needs. They learn how to plan, what to prune, when to perk up the soil. Learning is hands-on, and the effects of actions observed over a growing season.

Does pruning fruit trees leave you stumped? A one-day Winter Pruning workshop takes place Saturday 28 March. Young trees must be pruned in the dormant season. While pruning can help mature trees – too often it is done without knowledge or planning. Unpick pruning puzzles, and learn to renew your trees with thoughtful and timely action. Discounted fee if booked at the same time as the Summer Pruning course.

Shannon Smith, a knowledgeable and down-to-earth tutor, leads the courses.

More information on the HOCO website: https://tinyurl.com/OLcourses Contact: hocopips@gmail.com