Large Tree Pruning

Large Tree Pruning Masterclass with John Easton

Date: Saturday 19th March

Time: 10am – 1pm

Booked courses are non-refundable and non-transferable

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Large Tree Pruning Masterclass

This large tree pruning course is designed to show pruners how to deal with:

Problems of too vigorous upright growth.

How to identify which large branches should be removed.

Action to reduce growth in the tree centre and how to manage new growth from the cuts made by a purpose built programme of shoot control.

Methods of reducing tree height.

Indicating what plan of action to take over a 3-year period

Dealing with specific problems attendees may have with their own trees (please bring photographs).

Dispelling myths and incorrect theories about tree size control.

The practical aspects will be a discussion and pruning demonstration on a large vigorous Bramley’s Seedling tree that has not been pruned for the past 4 years.

This is a once-off masterclass and is unlikely to be repeated for some time in the same form.

You will need: Outdoor clothing, suitable footwear and notepad. Attendees will not be required to do any pruning, so don’t require any tools

About the Instructor

John Easton joined East Malling Research Station in 1964, following seven years in commercial fruit growing and was within the group assisting scientists in growing and maintaining trials, whilst keeping up-to-date with new developments. After two years at Hadlow College he returned to East Malling as Experiments Officer, subsequently transferring to the nursery as Technical Co-ordinator. John became the Nursery manager in 1978 and then added the post of Glasshouse manager in 1978. He retired in 2000 but continues to train staff in horticultural skills and advises on pruning and related issues.

 What Others Say…

“Great class, very informative and we learnt a lot. John was clear and very engaging. The practical pruning sessions in the orchard really helped to reinforce just how much thought needs to go into pruning – its not just about aesthetics. I would definitely recommend this course. Many thanks for making courses like these available.”

“The course was very informative and also extremely entertaining. John is obviously an expert, and it was a privilege to join his course. He also went out of his way to make himself available for our personal questions and issues. It was a marvellous day” – Noel Ensoll

“An excellent day with a mixture of theory and outdoor practice. John accommodated the varying needs and expertise of the group and dealt patiently and knowledgeably with questions, including those of a novice like me. It was enlightening and encouraging to find you could be bolder with pruning than you might at first have thought! Plenty of coffee and tea; lunch was finger buffet style but perfectly adequate. Staff at the centre were welcoming and friendly. Very good value for money”

“The right balance of theory and practical. Very approachable with all my questions. He got the class to gel immediately with his relaxed and friendly approach. He is an excellent instructor. I learnt heaps! Thank you.” – Karen Kartriebe

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