‘Fruit Tree Aftercare and Pruning’

 On Sunday 10th February 2013, we held a ‘Fruit Tree Aftercare and Pruning’ event.

 During the first 3 to 4 years in the life of a newly planted fruit tree, it is important to undertake some simple after care and pruning, in order to ensure success in growth, development, and quality fruit production.  About three years ago, we ran an ‘Adopt an Apple Tree’ project, where 40 families planted apple trees in their gardens and Cooper Perry Primary School planted an Orchard. As a follow on from this, to help ensure the on-going good health of these trees, a day of practical training on the aftercare and pruning of fruit trees was organised.

 This tied in well with work on the Millennium Green, where some pruning work was  undertaken in the wonderful orchard. 

Organised by DWA and working together with the Millennium Green Trust and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, and with support from LEADER funding, around 25 volunteers joined in two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon – though the weather was atrocious!!