Orchard Design


One Day Orchard Design Course with Phillip Wilson

Dates: 15th & 22nd June 2024

Time: 10am – 4pm Light lunch included


Booked courses are non-refundable and non-transferable

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Orchard Design: About the Day

This one-day orchard design course is for anyone thinking of establishing an orchard or becoming involved in a community orchard project. You will learn about site assessment and rootstocks, planting patterns and spacing, the number and choice of fruit tree varieties, orchard layout, and projected yield. The day includes a tour of part of the National Fruit Collections.

There are two field exercises, which give first-hand experience of site survey and orchard layout. The day concludes with a discussion of case studies brought by the students, and you are encouraged to bring photos of your site and/or trees.

You will need outdoor clothes including boots, a clipboard, writing materials, a calculator, and the capacity to be active outdoors. Knowledge of the basics of fruit growing, and preferably some experience, will be helpful.

About the Instructor

Phillip Wilson heads up this Short course at Brogdale and is very much still associated with the National Fruit Collection to this day. He spent many years at the farm in the 1990s evaluating important field trials and has certificates in forestry, forest science, and tree physiology. He is highly qualified to teach excellent courses in Orchard Design and Pruning here in Kent; a true expert.

Philip lives in Lyminge, Kent with his wife and three children. He works on independent advisory work in arboriculture as well as contract plant propagation and consultancy in orchard management. Find out more about Philip here.

What people say…

‘Wonderful. Phillip has outstanding knowledge and passion for his subject and this was conveyed throughout the day. We were at ease to ask detailed questions. Useful further resources. Would like to know more about selecting varieties and compatibility and will return for the relevant fruit days – apple cherry and plum days. Thank you for providing this course.

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Additional information


15th June 2024, 22nd June 2024

The National Fruit Collection is one of the largest fruit collections in the world and is located at Brogdale Farm, near Faversham, Kent.

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