One should never give up the opportunity to learn and even experts still have much to learn. This weekend we got the chance to attend a stone fruit pruning workshop at the Windmill community gardens in Nottingham. Lead by Marc Richmond, an RHS expert in pruning who works on over 900 apple trees per year, and hosted by Tracey Lloyd from Windmill community gardens.
Greeted by a chorus of birds on a warm spring day, we were immediately put to work watering the new wildflower meadow as we waited for the workshop to start. All idle hands soon found jobs as other attendees did a spot of weeding while we waited. Come 10 o’ clock and Marc Richmond rolled up with a fancy set of step ladders and various pruning tools. After a quick meet and greet we set about the day learning all we could. Marc started off just outside the gardens, with the permission of the local allotments he started demonstrating stone fruit pruning on a wonderful plum tree with ruthless efficiency, removing low hanging branches and cutting out dead/damaged wood with an expert eye.
About 11:30 we retired back to the little community area within the gardens for tea and cake, happily we found that the delicious looking rhubarb and ginger tarts were vegan! Naturally the rhubarb was grown at the gardens and it tasted delicious.
Windmill community gardens has some wonderful features contained within the walls of this little oasis of tranquillity, including a wonderful outdoor clay oven which is frequently used by the members for social occasions and events hosted by the community garden. You can find out more about Windmill community gardens on their Facebook page.
Look out for our blog, along with tips on pruning stone fruit trees on Sunday 16th April 2017. If you need advice, help or any pruning work carried out then Wildlife & Eco Gardens can help you. Check out our services or contact us for more details.