Dispel fears and myths surrounding this topic within the beautiful red-brick walls of the 17th-century walled kitchen garden. Arrive at East Donyland Hall to welcome coffee and home-cooked treats. Within the shelter of the Garden Room, learn the theory of fruit pruning and training under the expert tuition of Head Gardener, Lucy Chamberlain. Methods for growing cane, bush and tree fruits will be covered in this comprehensive day, from the basics of how to make a good pruning cut to how to cleverly train crops in compact spaces. Following a tour of the walled kitchen garden, you’ll also visit Lucy’s garden to see how initial shapes are created on younger plants. Returning to East Donyland Hall you’ll move indoors to enjoy a delicious and warming home-cooked lunch with your classmates. In the afternoon, you’ll then re-visit the walled garden to apply your newly discovered knowledge to the crops of East Donyland.
Under Lucy’s supervision you’ll have your turn to prune the apples, pears, raspberries, currants and gooseberries that adorn the walls and dedicated fruit cage. Returning indoors for that all-essential tea and cake, you’ll then have a chance to ask Lucy questions relating to your specific plot, before the day ends. All pruning equipment is provided.