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 own site and/or trees.
You will need: outdoor clothes including boots, a clipboard, writing materials and 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
Having worked at Brogdale in the 1990’s evaluating field trials; Phillip Wilson is still associated with the National Fruit Collection to this day. With certificates in forestry, forest science and tree physiology he is highly qualified to teach the excellent courses in Orchard Design and Pruning here in Kent.
Currently 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.
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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