In the New year, there are some new training courses up for grabs, run by Brighton Permaculture Trust. Loads of information and hands on experience if you are looking for practical management of orchards.
Course 1: Orchard design, planting & pruning
The 6-week course runs from 9.30am to 2.00pm, every Wednesday from 14 Jan – 18 Feb 2015.
St Richards church, Hollingdean, Brighton, BN1 7BU
On this course, you will learn the basics of how to design an orchard, plant fruit trees and plant woodland trees. You will learn how to look after and prune young trees. You will also visit a mature orchard at Stanmer Park and learn how to make apple juice.
This course will be led by Stephan Gehrels with guest sessions by a number of specialists.
Course 2: Fruit harvesting, juicing & cookery
The 6-week course runs from 9.30am to 2.00pm, every Tuesday from 13 Jan – 17 Feb 2015.
The Vale Community Centre, Craven Vale, 17A Hadlow Close, Brighton, BN2 0FH
On this course, you will learn how to care for a maturing orchard and harvest the fruit. You will learn how to store, juice and utilise the fruit. You will learn how to cook savoury and sweet dishes with fruits, as well as making preserves. You will also plant a young fruit tree and visit a mature orchard at Stanmer Park.
This course will be led by Bryn Thomas with guest sessions by a number of specialists.
Please see the website for more info and to book online:
What do these courses lead onto?
During the courses, guidance will be given about opportunities in:
- Volunteering opportunities with Brighton Permaculture Trust and other organisations
- Further training provided by Brighton Permaculture Trust and its partners, including training in horticultural
These courses are free, but you will need to pay a £10 deposit, which will be returned to you on completion of the course.
The cost of bus travel within Brighton & Hove is included within the course.