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Orchard Learning 2018 -12 month learning programme

  • Saturday, 17 February, 2018 - 12:00 to Saturday, 19 January, 2019 - 12:00
  • Horfield Organic Community Orchard; Horfield Quaker Meeting, 300 Gloucester Road, Bristol, Nearest postcode to orchard - BS7 8JP; HQM - BS7 8PD
  • Horfield
  • Shannon Smith
  • The course is for any adult (18+) who wishes to learn, or improve, fruit growing skills, and gain experience and confidence in looking after a community food project.
    The course fee is £30 (current HOCO members) or £50 (new HOCO members), plus a membership subscription (see application form).
    There is a limit of 16 places.
    Applications are invited until 11 December 2017.
    Places will be confirmed by 17 December 2017.
    For more information, and an application pack, please see our website.


Orchard Learning 2018 is an ambitious, orchard-based, practical learning programme. The 12-month course is in tune with the growing year, and offers participants a unique learning opportunity in a rich and diverse local food project.

Programme outline
• Know your trees – characteristics, history, ‘internal condition’
• Care for your trees – pests, diseases, disorders, nutrition
• Pruning all year round – why, how, and when
• Resilience in the face of climate change & weather challenges
• Good harvests – storage, preservation, health benefits
• Sharing skills and knowledge with other members & the public

Course structure
From February 2018 to January 2019, the group meets one day each month for 5 hours, for an indoor 2 hour ‘theory’ session, followed by a 2.5 hour ‘practical’ session in the orchard.

Developed as a holistic and intensive learning experience, participants will share responsibility (with 1 or 2 others) for two calendar months (including 4 working meetings) during the year. They will also actively organise up to 3 public events at the orchard.

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